As Wimbledon rolls on, tennis star Andy Murray has challenged Serena Williams to a match, and she seems willing to accept.
Inspired by a suggestion that came via Twitter, Murray — currently ranked No. 2 in the world — made the offer official in an online column for the BBC:
“I have been challenged by someone on Twitter to taking on Serena Williams,” Murray wrote. “I’d be up for it, why not?
“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?”
Murray was referring to a 1992 showdown in which Connors defeated Navratilova in Vegas. That event was promoted as a revival of two famed “Battle of the Sexes” showdowns between Bobby Riggs and female opponents Margaret Court and Billie Jean King. Riggs handily defeated Court, but lost to King in straight sets.
Williams’ response to Murray’s challenge? “That would be fun. I doubt I’d win a point, but that would be fun,” she told reporters in the UK.
Williams previously faced off against a male opponent when she took on Karsten Braasch at the Australian Open in 1988. The 16-year-old Williams lost 6-1. “I was really young,” she acknowledged. “I’m a lot more experienced now.”
Who do you think would win in a Williams/Murray showdown?