Meghan Markle Makes Surprise Appearance at Wimbledon to See Serena Williams

Jul 04, 2019

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex and friend to tennis pro Serena Williams, made a surprise appearance at day four of Wimbledon to watch Williams play in her second round match.

This is Markle’s second time at Wimbledon as a royal; she attended last summer as well with Kate Middleton. Middleton attended this year’s Wimbledon on Tuesday, watching British player Harriet Dart defeat the U.S.’s Christina McHale.

Williams, ranked the number 10 tennis player in the world, played against Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan, ranked number 133, on Thursday. Williams won the second round match in the third set, 2-6 6-2 6-4. Markle attended the game with two friends Genevieve Hills and Lindsay Roth.

Celebrities Attend Wimbledon 2019Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) attends day 4 of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, England.  Karwai Tang—Getty Images 
Wimbledon 2019 - Day Four - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet ClubDuchess of Sussex (right) watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Mike Egerton - PA Images—PA Images via Getty Images 
Wimbledon 2019 - Day Four - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet ClubDuchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.  Mike Egerton - PA Images—PA Images via Getty Images 
Wimbledon 2019 - Day Four - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet ClubDuchess of Sussex arrives to watch Serena Williams on court one on day four of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.  Mike Egerton - PA Images—PA Images via Getty Images 

William’s sister, tennis pro Venus Williams, was defeated Monday by 15-year-old Cori Gauff, who went on to beat Magdaléna Rybáriková on Wednesday.

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