SERENA WILLIAMS thinks of herself as Wimbledon royalty and the seven-time champion will be cheered on by the Duchess of Sussex in today’s final.
Just two months after attending friend Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor, Williams will perform in front of the new royal on Centre Court.
“There’s word on the street,” Williams said when asked if Markle would attend the final.
Told Kensington Palace had announced the Duchess would be there, Williams smiled and said: “There you go. It came from the palace she’s coming.”
The American is so close to Markle she postponed her pre-Wimbledon media duties to go watch her husband 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 birth to daughter Olympia.
The 36-year-old will be the first mother to compete in the final since Australia’s Evonne Goolagong in 1980.
Responding to a question about her place in the Wimbledon hierarchy, the 23-time Major winner said: “If there was a Wimbledon royalty, I’d like to believe I’d be there.
“Because I’ve done pretty well here. I’m a member, so that kind of counts.”
If she beats Angelique Kerber, Williams, who first won Wimbledon in 2002, will become the first mother to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish since Goolagong 38 years ago.
“Wow. I never thought about that. That’s pretty cool,” Williams said.
“I’m just me. I don’t feel any different. I know that sounds weird, but I don’t.
“That’s an attitude I want to keep, something I want to teach my daughter to always have this humility. We’re all human.” — AFP