Serena ready for royal date with Meghan at Wimbledon

first_imgMOST READ Serena Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Germany’s Julia Gorges in their women’s singles semifinals match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Thursday July 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Serena Williams thinks of herself as Wimbledon royalty and the seven-time champion will be cheered on by her friend the Duchess of Sussex in Saturday’s final against Angelique Kerber.Just two months after attending her friend Meghan’s wedding to the Duke of Sussex in Windsor, Serena will perform in front of the new royal on Centre Court.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s word on the street,” Williams said when asked if Meghan would attend the final.Told that Kensington Palace had announced the Duchess would be there, Serena smiled and said: “There you go. It came from the palace that she is coming on Saturday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The American star is so close to Meghan that she postponed her pre-Wimbledon media duties to go with her to watch her husband Prince Harry play polo in Ascot.Two weeks on from that outing, Williams has reached her first Grand Slam final since becoming a mother, only 10 months after giving her birth to daughter Olympia. “Oh, wow. I never thought about that. That’s pretty cool,” Williams said of the British public’s respect for her achievements.“Honestly, I’m just me. I don’t feel any different. I know that sounds weird, but I don’t. “That’s an attitude I always want to keep, something I want to teach my daughter to always just have this humility. We’re all human.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fifa’s Van Basten critical of Neymar’s World Cup theatrics Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 36-year-old will be the first mother to compete in a Wimbledon final since Australia’s Evonne Goolagong in 1980.Serena is well established as one of her sport’s all-time greats and winning the title for the third time in the last four years — she missed the 2017 tournament due to her pregnancy — would only enhance her standing.Responding to a question about her place in the Wimbledon hierarchy, the 23-time major winner said: “If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I would like to believe I would be Wimbledon royalty because I’ve done pretty well here in the past. “I am a member, so that kind of counts.”If she beats Kerber on Saturday, Williams, who first won Wimbledon in 2002, will become the first mother to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since Goolagong 38 years ago.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img