Andy Murray open to Williams challenge

British number one Andy Murray has thrown down the gauntlet to Serena Williams saying he would gladly challenge the women's number one on the tennis court, even admitting she could beat him.

Andy Murray faces Yen-Hsun Lu on Court One later this afternoon. Credit: Press Association Images

Responding to a Twitter user who suggested the American champion could defeat him on grass, Murray said:

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@andy_murray I recon serena williams could beat u on grass.. And I'm not even joking.

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@tomcarswell1 me too! Maybe we can set it up one day and see how close I get

Women's number one Serena Williams, widely regarded as one of the best players of all time, has won Wimbledon five times and is still on course for a sixth title following her 6-1, 6-3 win against Mandy Minella yesterday.

USA's Serena Williams during her first round match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships Credit: Dubreuil Corinne/ABACA

Andy Murray has been an avid Twitter user in the early stages of this year's tournament to thank fans for their support amid growing expectations:

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Good to get through today, always a lot of nerves before the first match...Was nice to be back on centre court thanks for the support again!

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Post match chores.. Shower..10min bike..sushi..45 min physio..1hr press..10 min ice bath.. 5min warm bath..now mock the week in bed!

Murray faces Yen-Hsun Lu on Court One at around 3.00pm today in his second round match.

The British number one is widely expected to progress through the tournament with some suggestions he could be the first British man to win the singles title since Fred Perry in 1934 - especially after former champion Rafael Nadal's early exit.

However his mother, Judy, insisted the British number one was taking one match at a time and not getting carried away despite the growing pressure.

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