LONDON — Venus Williams and Jamie Murray are out of the mixed doubles tournament after failing to convert five match points in a marathon third-set tiebreaker against British duo Jonny O’Mara and Alicia Barnett.
O’Mara and Barnett converted the fifth match point of their own when Murray netted a backhand, winning the second-round match 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (16) on No. 2 Court.
The 42-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, was playing her first tournament in any tennis discipline in more than 10 months.
It was an emotional match that drew a large crowd, and when the victory was sealed, O’Mara and Barnett both dropped their racquets in jubilation and hugged in front of a standing ovation before shaking hands at the net with Williams and Murray.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.