Eager to fight until the end, Giulia pulled the break back in game nine following a bad forehand from Serena who fixed the damage with a break at 6-5 thanks to a volley victor to set the second-round clash against Kaja Juvan or Kristyna Pliskova.
"The opportunity of playing with Serena, arguably she is one of the best players of all time and the biggest female athletes ever, is something I might never get another chance to do and potentially I might not play mixed doubles again".
Her story, said Williams, is a "great tale" of the value of persistence. We saw the trophies.
"We're are a lot alike on the court, I've always liked that about him".
Serena Williams (USA) in action during her match against Giulia Gatto-Monticone (ITA) on day two at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club. She's had some really good, strong matches in the past few months.
Meanwhile a third wrote: "I really really hope this happens". I told her she's the queen of this tournament.
Venus will be looking to achieve the feat at the age of 39, pairing up with fellow American Frances Tiafoe, a 21-year-old talent, and they play the unheralded British duo of Scott Clayton and Sarah Beth Grey.
"She was sweet, because I was panicking and I couldn't find my phone", Gatto-Monticone recounted.
A 32-year-old who donned the gold and black strip and took to the pitch for Gairdoch United in his younger years is making his sporting comeback alongside tennis legend Serena Williams at Wimbledon this week.
"While I was out injured I chose to give painting a go one night when I was bored - and from that point I started getting into art", said the two-time Wimbledon champion.
This is true, of course.
Murray has a reputation within both locker rooms for being a champion of equality.
Serena was the finalist here a year ago and she wants to repeat that run and have another shot for the prestigious title that she won for the last time in 2016. They have said before that their careers are up, they would do a season together.
"I can actually use my legs now".
"I am better now, I feel happy now that I get to play with my baby".
The only issue will be whether the American's' knees will cope with the extra demands as she bids for an eighth singles crown here and whether Murray's hip holds up to what will now be a packed doubles programme if they progress.
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