Serena Williams goes through to Wimbledon second round

Angelique Kerber

Andy Murray and Serena Williams will form a dream mixed doubles partnership at Wimbledon, it has been confirmed. The exciting news comes after weeks of speculation - and tennis fans are ready for it!

Mixed doubles is not usually at the top of any Wimbledon player's list of priorities but it is different for Murray.

In addition to her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams has collected 14 doubles titles, all of which she won with sister Venus, and the 1998 U.S. Open in mixed doubles with Mirnyi, in addition to their win at Wimbledon.

The pair are expected to play their first match together on Thursday.

"His work ethic is just honestly off the charts. That's something I've always respected about him", Serena told reporters when asked about the player who in 2013 became the first British man for 77 years to win Wimbledon. "He's actually one of the few", Williams said.

Guarachi is a doubles specialist who has spent much of her career on the second-tier ITF tour, but Mies was a French Open champion last month with compatriot Kevin Krawietz.

"I was hoping with the success I had with Jamie a year ago I was going to be honored to get asked, but whatever.", she said with a smile.

The only issue will be whether the American's' knees will cope with the extra demands as she bids for an eighth singles crown here and whether Murray's hip holds up to what will now be a packed doubles programme if they progress. On the other hand, Murray was last seen in mixed doubles action at Wimbledon with Kirsten Flipkens in 2006.

Mixed doubles does not usually attract a great deal of interest, but two former world No 1s in tandem will be the star attraction at SW19 on Friday.

"I think Venus and Serena have won four each", he said. So I was just trying to paint something - and my attempts were hilarious.

Alexis seemed to be shouting, "you're the woman" as he pointed down at his all-star wife at one point. I don't know if she really thought so, but she was so nice.

Murray, who will also play with Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men's doubles, has never won a mixed doubles title but claimed the silver medal for Team GB with partner Laura Robson at the 2012 Olympics, played at the All England Club.

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