Venus Williams, Jamie Murray bow out of mixed doubles tournament at Wimbledon after tiebreaker

LONDON — Venus Williams and Jamie Murray are eliminated from the mixed doubles tournament after failing to convert five match points in a marathon third-set tiebreak against Britain duo Jonny O’Mara and Alicia Barnett.

O’Mara and Barnett converted fifth match point of their own when Murray hit a backhand to win the second round match 3-6 6-4 7-6 (16) in 2nd place.

Williams, 42, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, was playing her first tournament in a tennis discipline in more than 10 months.

It was an emotional match that drew large crowds and when victory was sealed O’Mara and Barnett both dropped their racquets in celebration and hugged to a standing ovation before shaking hands with Williams and Murray at the net.

American duo Coco Gauff and Jack Sock advanced to the third round by defeating Nicolas Mahut and Zhang Shuai 6-4, 7-6(3).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Emma Bowman

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