The legendary American and always-entertaining Australian are sure to be a fun and fascinating team to watch. The 41-year-old described her eagerness to play with Kyrgios, with this tournament being the first time the two will have partnered.
“I think that we’re playing together because we both respect each other’s games,” Williams said. “I think that’s first and foremost. I’m looking forward to the experience.”
Kyrgios displayed his enthusiastic support for his partner on Twitter during her first-round match against Mihaela Buzărnescu, whom she beat in dramatic fashion in three sets.
Let’s go partner @Venuseswilliams 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🌱🌱🌱🌱🥺🥺🥺
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 29, 2021
So how will the pair complement each other on court? “I think we’re both big servers. We’re both really good returners. We both can come up with shots,” Williams said. “The intangibles are there. Hopefully it will mesh.”
Venus Williams is one of the most successful players in the history of the Championships, having won five women’s singles titles and six women’s doubles titles at Wimbledon. However, she is yet to win the mixed doubles crown, something she will be hoping to change this year alongside Kyrgios.
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While keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats is often a key component of the Kyrgios game in both singles and doubles, the American is adamant that winning will be the main priority.
“Obviously if I have experience to share, I’m always willing to do that with anyone who might ask me,” Williams said. “That’s always a given. I’m always open for that. This is not my goal this pairing. I’m hoping we just play well together.”
Expect nothing less than box-office action when Williams and Kyrgios take the court together.