*It seems Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray doesn’t run away from a good challenge.
So Tuesday when a fan – or was it a hater? – tweeted about Murray’s skills being no match for that of Serena Williams, he took it as just that.
“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,” he wrote in a column for BBC. “It’s happened in the past with Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. How about Las Vegas as a venue?”
Coming off of her recent second round win over Caroline Garcia at Wimbledon, Williams was asked if she would accept Murray’s challenge.
“Really?” Williams asked with a laugh. “He wants to play me? Is he sure? That would be fun. I doubt I’d win a point, but that would be fun. … He’s probably one of the top three people I definitely don’t want to play. But, yeah, maybe we can have a little bit of a showdown.”
But Serena didn’t hesitate to throw in a few terms of agreement for her soon-to-be male opponent.
“I get [the doubles] alleys. He gets no serves. I get alleys on my serves, too. He gets no legs, yeah,” she said.
She also had an interesting surface in mind for the match to which some might find surprising.
“I think I might go clay with him,” Williams said. “He loves grass. I do, too. But I’m going to definitely go clay.”
A high-profile match between a male and female player drew worldwide attention in 1973 when a then 55-year-old Bobby Riggs took on a younger Margaret Court and Billie Jean King.
The match, which took place in Houston, was dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes.” Riggs beat Court but was defeated by King.
Also, in 1992, Jimmy Connors defeated Martina Navratilova in Las Vegas.
The idea is catching on … quickly
The talk of a 2013 “Battle of the Sexes” exhibition spread rather quickly, with people like Agniezka Radwanska who is considered the WTA version of Andy weighing in on it. Having played Williams in the final at Wimbledon last year, Agnieszka would be more than willing to buy a ticket for this match.
“I would like to see that match, to be honest,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t know. I don’t know. If Serena will play her best tennis, I think Andy will be in a bit of trouble. But I’m still going for Andy.”
Tennis fans immediately responded with a flood of Tweets about what would happen if the two faced off on the court.
BlackHawk60SP: “Murray would win easily. Serena might win a service game, but she would have to hit the line on a few serves. Murray’s range, defense and power would be way too much for Serena.”
txpryde: “It would be 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 etc. Unless Andy decided not make her look bad. She couldn’t compete against any top 20 player in the world. She probably couldn’t beat Pete Sampras who has been out of tennis for a decade now.”
rsimm47350: “How in the world can Serena return a Murray 135 mph kicker?”
Hmm, that’s a very good question. So who would you put your money on? Andy or Serena?