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Serena Williams plays at Wimbledon after joking that she would miss Archie’s christening

Serena Williams appeared focused as she strode onto court today in Wimbledon, seemingly undeterred to be missing Archie’s christening. 

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The tennis star, 37, was long-rumoured to be a potential godmother for Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan’s, 37, son.

Serena, who has been close friends with Meghan after meeting her at a charity football match in 2014, was a guest at her wedding to Harry in May 2018.

However while the christening took place miles away in Windsor, Serena warmed up for a match with Germany’s Julia Goerges at Wimbledon. 

Meghan made a surprise visit to Wimbledon to watch Serena Williams on Thursday, fuelling rumours the women’s tennis legend could be set to be godmother.

But when asked about the issue, Serena said: ‘No, I’m working on Saturday. But, yeah, so she [Meghan] understands work’.

Tennis icon Serena Williams has remained close friends with Meghan since the pair first met in 2010 at the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Meghan previously wrote about their friendship on her lifestyle blog, The Tig, saying the pair had found an instant affection.  

‘We hit it off immediately,’ she said. ‘Taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing in, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old fashioned girly stuff.’

The sportswoman, 37, was one of the pals involved in organising her baby shower in New York – and admitted that she’d pulled out all the stops to make it perfect for her pal.  

Serena was a guest at St George’s Chapel Windsor when Meghan married Prince Harry last May, and was one of the close friends invited to their more ‘intimate’ evening do for 200 friends. 

In 2018, Serena said: ‘We’ve always had a wonderful friendship. Every year for a couple of years she comes out to Wimbledon and supported me. Now she’s supporting me in a different role. But our friendship is still exactly the same.’

She added: ‘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.’

Earlier this week, Williams, 37, said she would wait until Archie was three months old before offering ‘words of wisdom’.

The tennis star, who gave birth to her daughter Olympia in 2017, was asked if she had offered advice to Meghan since Archie’s arrival in May.

She said: ‘I never pass on words of wisdom, because I feel like everyone when they have a kid, especially when you’ve just had a baby, it’s so difficult to just be.’  

The tennis star will compete against Germany’s Julia Goerges in the  Ladies’ Singles third round match during Day six of The Championships in Wimbledon. 

 

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