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Battle of the Sexes: Serena vs Andy Murray?

A modern day Battle of the Sexes clash between Serena Williams and Andy Murray looks like it may come to fruition after both players expressed interest in playing a match that was first mooted by a follower of the Scotsman on Twitter.

“I’d be up for it, why not?” was Murray’s response to the tweet. Serena, the ladies #1, has also made positive comments about the proposed meet. “That would be fun. I doubt I’d win a point, but that would be fun.”

It wouldn’t be the first time Serena has played an exhibition against a male professional. She lost 6-1 in a challenge set to the German Karsten Braasch. However, she was only 16 years old at the time.

There have been a number of challenge matches between the sexes, perhaps the most famous being 55-year-old Bobby Riggs challenging Margaret Court and Billie Jean King to matches. He split the series, losing to King but defeating Court.

In 1992, Jimmy Connors defeated Martina Navratilova in a challenge match. In his recent book, Connors let slip he had one million dollars riding on a successful win.

If the match does happen, Murray has suggested Las Vegas as an appropriate venue.

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Owen Gigg was one of the original co-founders of the Tennis Frontier and is an avid follower of the sport.
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