Andy Murray and Serena Williams began their blockbuster partnership with a confident win in the Wimbledon mixed doubles on a buzzing Centre Court.
Britain’s Murray and American Williams eased to a 6-4 6-1 win over unseeded Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi.
The high-profile pair had too much quality for their battling opponents and will meet 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo in the second round.
Earlier, Murray lost alongside Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the men’s doubles.
But several hours later, there were contrasting emotions for the Scot – the three-time Grand Slam singles champion – as he and 23-time major winner Williams breezed past their German-Chilean opponents in one hour and 16 minutes.
“After losing earlier in the men’s doubles, all the energy is the focused now on the mix,” Murray, 32, said. “We played well, returned well and served well – it is a great start.”
Williams, 37, added: “I think it worked out well, We had never played together, so it is always a learning curve. We wanted to start fast and we take it very seriously.”