Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

10 months after baby, Serena in Wimbledon final vs. Kerber

While it's not the first time her good friend of many years will be cheering her on from the stands, it will be the first time Meghan Markle steps into the Royal Box as the newly-minted Duchess of Sussex.

Their last meeting came in the final of Wimbledon back in 2016, a match Williams won, and the German left hander thinks little has change despite her opponent's lengthy absence from the sport.

The Duchess of Sussex's first appearance with the Royal Family was in 2017 when she joined them for a Christmas Day service.

Both royal ladies will be cheering on Meghan's good friend, Serena Williams, who will take on Angelique Kerber in the Women's Singles final.

Williams attended Meghan's wedding with husband Alexis Ohanian and said she was delighted the duchess would be coming to watch her play. "We always have supported each other, just been there for each other through a lot". Every year for a couple years she comes out to Wimbledon, has supported me. If Serena wins she'll be the fist mother to win the Grand Slam since Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980. "But our friendship is still exactly the same".

"I look forward to it", she said.

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Meghan and Williams first met in 2014, at a charity football match.

Meghan last watched her friend in 2016, and may have sat on the same court as her future sister-in-law, as Catherine and William also attended that year.

John Isner's defeat to Kevin Anderson took six hours and 36 minutes, leaving Rafael Nadal playing Novak Djokovic right until the last moment of Wimbledon's 11pm curfew. She teamed the outfit with a pair of black espadrilles, gold hoop earrings and a matching black cross-over bag. The 30-year-old has bounced back from a bad 2017 and is close to the form that brought her the Australian and US Open titles two years ago. "She knows the feeling to going out on this stage where you are in the finals, especially here".

But if she emerges victorious, she will equal Margaret Court's grand slam singles record as she claims her eighth Wimbledon title.

She will also be in attendance the next day with her husband Prince William for the Gentlemen's Singles Final.

The men's semi-final will resume at 1pm on centre court, after which, the ladies' final will begin.

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