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Female players love Andy's fight for equality: Serena

 

By Robert Jones

Serena Williams says female players "love Andy Murray" for his efforts to ensure women's tennis is treated on equal terms with the men's game.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner, expecting her first child later this year, said the men's World No.1 was hugely popular among players on the women's tour.

Murray challenged a reporter who he felt was overlooking women's achievements in his press conference after losing to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The journalist was midway through a question, saying: "Sam is the first US player to reach a Major semi-final since 2009."

"Male player," Murray said.

Americans Serena and Venus Williams, along with Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe, have all reached Grand Slam semis since Andy Roddick lost to Roger Federer in the 2009 Wimbledon final.

Serena said: "I don't think there's a woman player that is not totally supportive of Andy. He has spoken up for women's issues and rights forever. He's done so much for us on our tour, so we love Andy Murray."

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