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Serena Clash Interests Murray

Posted 07-01-2013 at 10:09 AM by Philip Oliver
World number two Andy Murray has revealed that he would be interested in playing Serena Williams in the future, an event that would present a unique opportunity for tennis betting fans.

The 26-year-old Scot, who won the US Open title and the gold medal at the Olympics last year as well as losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, is keen to see if he could beat Williams, who is currently in the form of her life.

“I have been challenged by someone on Twitter to taking on Serena Williams. I'd be up for it, why not?” said Murray.

“I've never hit with her but she's obviously an incredible player and I think people would be interested to see the men play against the women to see how the styles match up.

“It's happened in the past with Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. How about Las Vegas as a venue?”

If the match does take place it will revive memories of Billie Jean King’s famous challenge match against Bobby Riggs in 1973. A film, "The Battle of the Sexes", has been made about the contest.

The now 69-year old six-time Wimbledon champion King beat Riggs, a self-confessed "chauvinist pig", with the match doing much to set women's rights and tennis on the road to the modern game which sees Williams enjoying equal status and prize money with Murray.

When King won the Wimbledon title in 1973 she earned £3,000 while the men's champion, Jan Kodes, pocketed £5,000. This year the men's and ladies' singles champions will each take home £1.6million.

Riggs, who was 55 at the time of the match against King, had been a tennis superstar in the 1930s and 1940s. He had beaten Margaret Court before losing to King in a match that drew huge worldwide attention.

In 1992, Jimmy Connors defeated Martina Navratilova in Las Vegas, much to the delight of fans who enjoyed watching them in live Wimbledon events.
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