Men take centre stage after Duchess of Cambridge makes Serena Williams' day


The Queen of tennis came face to face with royalty at Wimbledon on Thursday as Serena Williams made her acquaintance with the Duchess of Cambridge.

After dispatching Russian Elena Vesnina in the semi-finals on Centre Court, Williams was introduced to both the Duchess and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and spoke about her victory.

"It was really nice to meet with them," Williams said.

Screengrab taken from Serena Williams' selfie video posted on Snapchat of the tennis player with the Duchess of Cambridge
(Serena Williams)

"I actually didn't know they were both here. It was really cool. We just had a chat about the matches.

"Yeah, again, I was surprised. It was a good thing that I did not see that they were there. Maybe I would have gotten a little nervous. But, yeah, it was really cool."

On the menu today

Serena Williams celebrates with sister Venus Williams as they beat Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina
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Williams and Angelique Kerber have booked their places in the women's final on Saturday and now it is the men's turn to battle it out in the last four. Milos Raonic and Roger Federer are first up on Centre Court before Britain's Andy Murray continues his assault against Tomas Berdych. On Court One, the ladies doubles semi-finals will see Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova take on Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears, followed by Serena and Venus Williams against Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova.

Who's toast?

Andy Murray, right, is congratulated by Tomas Berdych after winning their 2015 Australian Open semi-final
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Murray and his wife Kim were temporarily flustered in a memorable Australian Open semi-final against Berdych in 2015, Kim spitting expletives from the player's box before the Scot came back to win in four sets. Berdych has never troubled Murray since, losing their last three matches without taking a set and the way the Briton is playing offers little hope that run will end on Friday.

Haven't we met before?

Roger Federer, left, walks to the net to shake hands with Milos Raonic after defeating him in their 2014 Wimbledon semi-final
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Federer beat Raonic 6-4 6-4 6-4 at the same stage at Wimbledon two years ago but the Canadian is a more serious threat these days. Raonic had won only once in 10 meetings with the Swiss until January, when he turned the tide by winning 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Brisbane International. He will be desperate to avoid a repeat of 2014.

The best of British

Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson celebrate victory over Leander Paes and Martina Hingi
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Murray's pursuit of a third grand slam title is now in sharp focus at SW19 but while his battle on Centre Court will be the day's main event for local fans, there are other Brits in action too. On Court One, Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen play in the mixed doubles quarter-finals against Scott Lipsky and Alla Kudryavtseva while in the semi-finals of the wheelchair singles, Gordon Reid is up against Joachim Gerard and Jordanne Whiley faces Aniek Van Koot on Court 17.

Centre Court order of play (1pm start)

Milos Raonic v Roger Federer

Tomas Berdych v Andy Murray