Murray keen for 'battle of the sexes' match against Serena

RESPONDING to a suggestion made by a tennis fan on Twitter, Murray wrote in his online BBC column that he would seriously consider an exhibition match against the American world No 1.

"I'd be up for it. Why not?" Murray wrote.

"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?"

Connors defeated Navratilova in Las Vegas in 1992 in a revival of a two-match challenge 19 years earlier when former men's world No 1 Bobby Riggs, then aged 55, took on Margaret Court and Billie Jean King. 

Williams has her own experience of playing against a male opponent, ­losing 6-1 to German journeyman Karsten Braasch in a one-set challenge when she was 16 at the Australian Open in 1988. 

"I was really young. I'm a lot more experienced now," she said. Asked whether she was ready to take up Murray's offer, Williams said: "That would be fun. I doubt I'd win a point, but that would be fun."

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