Venus Williams, Jamie Murray win mixed doubles match after surprise entry (0:58)

Venus Williams and Jamie Murray won their mixed doubles match at Wimbledon after Williams didn't want to play. There is a time and a place.

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Venus Williams didn't want to compete at Wimbledon. She had changed her mind.

Williams didn't have a plan to play. I was excited after seeing the grass.

Jamie Murray, a five-time major mixed doubles and two-time doubles champion, agreed to play with Williams after her coach reached out to him. In front of a packed crowd on No. 1 Court, the new pair defeated Alicja and Michael Venus 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-2 in a first-round match that lasted two hours and 18 minutes.

It was Williams' first match in two years. Serena lost in her Wimbledon opening-round singles match on Tuesday after announcing her return to competition earlier this month, after fueling retirement speculation by not playing much this season.

After Serena revealed that she was going to compete against Venus, she was spotted on the practice courts at the All England Club. She and Murray were announced in the mixed doubles draw on Wednesday.

Venus Williams said Friday that it was very late. I'm inspired by Serena.

Murray said that Williams asked him to play at Wimbledon last year, but he couldn't because of an injury.

He said that he could not say no again.

Williams said she wasn't sure how she was going to fare on the court after such a long absence, and she credited Murray for giving her so much help.

The two people said they enjoyed the match and played together.

Murray said it was enjoyable. That's what I wanted to get out of it. It was a pleasure to play with Venus. I don't know when I'll get to do that.

This is the first time that Williams and Murray have played together. Serena and Andy were at the All England Club in the third round.

Venus Williams and Murray will be playing on Sunday.