Meghan Marks July 4th Watching Friend Serena Williams at Wimbledon – UPDATED
The Duchess of Sussex took a break from maternity leave today to watch her friend Serena Williams at Wimbledon.
Meghan attended the match with university friends Genevieve Hillis and Lindsay Roth.
Serena played against eighteen-year-old Kaja Juvan from Slovenia in second-round play of Ladies’ Singles on Court 1. After a rough start losing the first set to Juvan 6-2, Serena came back and took the second set from Juvan, 6-2.
In the end, Serena overtook Juvan, 6-4, moving on to the third round of play. Below the Duchess, Genevieve and Lindsay applaud Serena’s win!
The champion stopped on her way to the locker room for a selfie with a fan.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2019
Ms, Williams says when she is behind it only sparks a fire to fight harder, as described in her post-match news conference:
“It does bring the best out of me [when I’m behind], I like the pressure. I’d rather be in this position than in any other position. And I play the best when I’m down sometimes,” said Williams.
Earlier this week it was announced Serena will team up with Britain’s own Andy Murray for Mixed Doubles. This is very exciting!
From the ATP’s coverage of the news:
Talk about star power! Andy Murray and Serena Williams dropped a bombshell on Tuesday by announcing that they’ll compete together in the mixed doubles draw at Wimbledon.
They’ve created plenty of magic over the years at The All England Club, combining for nine singles titles. Serena also has six women’s doubles titles with sister Venus Williams and won the mixed doubles title in 1998 with Max Mirnyi of Belarus. Murray last played mixed doubles at this event with Kirsten Flipkens in 2006.
When asked about her partnership with Andy today, here’s what Serena had to say:
“I’m practising every day. I played a little doubles in practice yesterday. I’m excited to play with a British icon like Andy. I feel really honoured to share a court with him, and maybe I could learn a thing or two.”
Williams has often praised Murray for supporting female athletes. He has been known to remind reporters of Williams’s accomplishments when they focus on the men’s side as if they are discussing the whole sport.
“I don’t think there’s a woman player — and there really shouldn’t be a female athlete — that is not totally supportive of Andy Murray,” Williams said in 2017. “He has spoken up for women’s issues and women’s rights, especially in tennis, forever.”
Together, Williams and Murray should shine light on an event that has been cast to the sport’s periphery.
Susan C., who has been following Wimbledon play daily, thinks that that first round of mixed doubles for Andy and Serena will take place Saturday, on Court 1 as the two have not yet had a chance to practice together. The schedule of play is posted daily on Wimbledon.com.
UPDATE: The order of play has been posted this evening for Friday’s matches. Serena Williams and Andy Murray are listed on the scheduled to play their Mixed Doubles match against Germany’s Andreas Mies and Chile’s Alexa Guarachi as “To Be Arranged 1” (Court 1) but not to start before 5:30pm GMT (12:30pm ET).
You can find the schedule for Wimbldeon – DAY 5, FRIDAY 5 JULY here.
Meghan blended in with the Wimbledon crowd in her casual chic style.
She wore her L’Agence, ‘Brea’ pinstripe linen blazer, $550. The jacket is currently available in a number of sizes at Saks Off 5th, $199.
You may remember the Duchess wearing the jacket on the Australian tour last October.
UPDATE – 5 July: We’ve received confirmation that The Duchess wore a new pair of jeans by Outland Denim. The style is the Harriet high-rise skinny in Byron Tonal, $195.
You may recall Meghan first wearing this ethical and sustainable brand on the Australian tour. She wore the same Harriett style in black, $195. The jeans are a blend of organic cotton, polyester and elastane. The jeans in black are also available from The Iconic here, $199.
Some of you may remember Meghan wearing the hat when she attended Wimbledon in 2016 to watch Serena play and ultimately go on to win the Ladies’ Single Championship title that year.
She also wore her Pippa Small ‘Nosheen’ 18k gold plated earrings, $60.
UPDATED 5 July: CONFIRMED – Meghan also had on a new pinky ring in what appears to be a blue color, possibly a sapphire. Anne Young on Twitter suggested the Jessica McCormack, the Signature Sapphire Heart Button Back Ring, $3000. Earlier today Jessica McCormack confirmed Meghan is wearing the ring via their Instagram account.
Another new item today was a necklace Meghan was wearing revealing the letter “A” for Archie in gold.
According to the article from Hello, the necklace was a gift from jeweler, Emma Swann. The brand, which is based in Sydney, Australia, also gifted her a necklace while she was on the Royal Tour Australia. The mystery ID of the heart necklace we saw Meghan wear in Bondi Beach on the tour is solved! This was the first necklace Susan C. looked for from Verse upon reading the Hello article!
It was suggested the necklace was from Jennifer Meyer Jewelry but upon closer look, compared to the collection, it does not seem to be a good match. The search continues as there are a number of brands that carry similar styles.
We don’t yet have confirmation on the
brand of jeans or black ribbed t-shirt or black suede pumps Meghan was wearing today. We will update the post with any further details if we find additional hi-res images revealing the brands of these items.
With thanks to Caroline Parr of The Daily Mail for all of today’s IDs!
We leave you with this video of Serena’s win today.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2019
We both have commitments, thus the brevity of the post. We’ll be updating later! Happy Independence Day to all celebrating the occasion!