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The 36-year-old, who married Prince Harris in a magical ceremony in Windsor in May, is a good friend of Williams, who gave birth to her daughter last year. Every time I go out there, I want to take a giant step forward, keep taking giant steps, but keep improving.

The Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess of Cambridge will be together at Saturday's Wimbledon battle as Serena Williams faces off against Angelique Kerber.

When Serena Williams takes to centrecourt at Wimbledon in the Women's Singles finals, she'll be sharing the spotlight with two other women.

After Williams won her semi-final match on Wednesday, she praised her "wonderful" friendship with Meghan.

It has to be said, her run to the final has left plenty to be desired.

"Now, she's supporting me in a different role. I'm so in a zone in terms of just wanting to keep playing", she said.

"I'm happy and proud to be in another Grand Slam final, I will just try to play like I did and just focus on my game".

The tennis? That's come quite naturally, not surprisingly.

As for her own progress on the court, Serena claims she is still working her way back, but she believes the final provides a chance to hit peak form.

For Meghan this comes days after her two-day tour of Ireland, which was her first tour out the United Kingdom with her new husband Prince Harry.

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Next was a first-round loss at Miami.

"To be perfectly honest, I haven't thought about that this tournament".

Given this historical profile, and the high projected hold percentage figures that my model generated - Williams' figure is 78.8% - I anticipate an extremely serve-orientated clash with few breaks.

Following another two months away from competition, she entered the French Open in late May, and won three matches before pulling out before the fourth round because of an injured pectoral muscle.

Williams attended Meghan's wedding with husband Alexis Ohanian and said she was delighted the duchess would be coming to watch her play.

Now will come the sternest on-court test Williams has faced: Kerber, a former No. 1 and two-time major champion with a lefty stroke and never-give-up-on-a-ball defense.

Only one of the singles finalists at Wimbledon has a duchess among her friends, and it isn't Angelique Kerber. The 30-year-old has bounced back from a awful 2017 and is close to the form that brought her the Australian and US Open titles two years ago.

She defeated Julia Gorges on Thursday in straight sets to secure her place in the final.

That streak dates back to Williams' titles on her last two visits in 2016 and 2015 and she is the odds-on favourite to see off Kerber, who she beat in the All England Club title match two years ago.

After winning her semifinal against Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3, Kerber was asked what she sees across the net when she goes up against Williams.

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