On Tuesday, Murray said playing singles at the US Open in September looks “pretty unlikely” as he continues to take his recovery cautiously.
Williams still has a chance of silverware as she plays Czech Barbora Strycova – British number one Jo Konta’s conqueror – in the singles semi-finals on Thursday.
‘Mur-rena’ out but plenty of positives for Sir Andy
Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray has spoken of his pleasure at being back playing competitively after having a hip resurfacing operation from which no player has returned to the singles action.
Few would have thought they would see the 2013 and 2016 champion playing Wimbledon so soon and, despite seeing the chance of another title alongside Williams disappear, he will look back on the past month with plenty of positives.
Murray made a winning return by taking the Queen’s doubles alongside Spain’s Feliciano Lopez and has continued to look sharp for this stage of his recovery at the All England Club.
The partnership with 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams, christened by the pair as ‘Mur-rena’, has wowed the Wimbledon crowds but they could not recover after dropping their first set of the tournament against Soares and Melichar.
Dogged defending from Williams at the net ended in a volleyed winner on the way to a break point at 3-3, but the pair could not convert and were punished in the next game when Soares and Melichar broke for 5-3 and served out the first set.
A tight second set swung the way of Murray and Williams after Soares produced three double faults on what proved to be the final game.
The Brazilian, who used to partner Murray’s brother Jamie in the men’s doubles, made amends by sealing a break in the first game of the decider with a forehand winner placed in-between his opponents.
That proved key as the top seeds began to run away with the set, taking their first match point to reach the quarter-finals when Murray drilled a forehand into the net.
Murray and Williams continued to smile, however, as they left a packed court two to a standing ovation.