Wimbledon diary: A-listers lap up semi-finals, Kerber not taking the plunge

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The great and good flocked to Wimbledon to watch Andy Murray and Milos Raonic reach the men's singles final on Friday and Angelique Kerber ruled out taking a dip in the River Thames if she dethrones Serena Williams.

Actor Jude Law, tennis great Bjorn Borg and singer-songwriter Katherine Jenkins were among the dignitaries in the Royal Box at a packed Centre Court on day 11.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson also watched his fellow Scot Murray see off Tomas Berdych in straight sets to reach his third Wimbledon final.

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, took an interest in tennis rather than rates, while Kerber said she will not have a swim in murky waters if she beats Williams to win a first Wimbledon singles title on Saturday.

A security guard was eager for attention on the outside courts, while officials discussed the need for new attire at the back end of the tournament.

 

MURRAY BRINGS 'A-GAME' FOR A-LISTERS

English actor Law dressed to the nines to watch Murray ease past Berdych after Raonic had ousted Roger Federer in a five-set thriller.

There were plenty of class acts at the All England Club on and off the court, with Game of Thrones star Charles Dance also watching home favourite Murray put his Czech mate Berdych to the sword.

Murray and Raonic hit the high notes and an appreciative crowd were in full voice in front of Welsh singer Jenkins.

 

KERBER RULES OUT TAKING THE PLUNGE 

German Kerber took a dive in the Yarra River after beating Williams to win the Australian Open in January, but the German has no intention of taking a dip a dip in the Thames if she is crowned Wimbledon champion on Saturday.

"I think this time, no." said the fourth seed on the eve of her showdown with the legendary American.

 

SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES

Not content with just a singles final, Serena will play in the doubles final at SW19 after she and older sister Venus combined to beat Julia Georges and Karolina Pliskova in the doubles.

They can now look forward to facing Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova in the final.

 

ALL EYES ON MURRAY DESPITE SECURITY PLEA 

Murray attracted a huge crowd when he limbered up for his semi-final on the outside court, with several member of security needed to keep order.

One female member of staff appeared to be tired of seeing all eyes on the Scot, stating "why don't you all train your eyes on me instead." It will come as no surprise that Murray remained centre of attention.

Officials were also overheard saying "the socks are ties ought to be replaced". They do not do scruffy at Wimbledon!