Venus' mixed doubles bid at Wimbledon 'inspired by Serena'

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Inspired by her sister's comeback, Venus Williams made one of her own at Wimbledon on Friday.

Williams and partner Jamie Murray won a mixed doubles that was the first in any tennis discipline for the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion in more than 10 months.

They defeated Alicja Rosolska and Michael Venus 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in a first-round match on No. 1 Court.

“(Entering) it was definitely super last minute. Just inspired by Serena,” the 42-year-old Williams said.

Serena Williams played her on Tuesday night on Centre Court, losing to Harmony Tan.

Jamie Murray, who also has a famous tennis sibling, said that Venus' camp texted him asking to play.

“I think you played great,” Murray said at their joint news conference. “Like, she hasn’t played for a long time. First match, big court, a lot of people. It’s not easy. It was a great experience (to) play with Venus Williams. When am I going to get the chance to do that?"