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Murray up for match against Serena

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LONDON (AP)

Serena Williams would be happy to take on Andy Murray on a tennis court after the Olympic champion said he would fancy a match against the 16-time Grand Slam winner. But just for fun.

After being challenged by a fan on Twitter to take on Williams, Murray said in his column for BBC Sport that such a matchup could create interest among tennis fans.

''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,'' said Murray, who is bidding to become the first British player to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.

Williams joked about the idea after beating Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the grass-court tournament.

''Really? He wants to play me? Is he sure? That would be fun,'' she said. ''I doubt I'd win a point, but that would be fun.''

There have been several high profile matches between stars from the men and women's game. The most famous of them was held in 1973, with Billie Jean King humbling Bobby Riggs in straight sets.

''He's probably one of the top three people I definitely don't want to play,'' Williams said about Murray. ''But, yeah, maybe we can have a little bit of a showdown. That would be fine. I get alleys. He gets no serves. I get alleys on my serves, too. He gets no legs, yeah.''

In his column, Murray suggested Las Vegas as a possible host city for the exhibition. Williams said the match would have to be played on clay if she was to stand a chance.

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