NEW YORK (Reuters) – Amid the thrill of Serena Williams’ newest bid for U.S. Open glory, some off-court information buzzed concerning the plaza at Flushing Meadows: a duchess had come to Queens.
Sept 7, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Meghan Markle greets Oracene Value as she arrives to look at the ladies’s singles remaining match between Serena Williams of the US and Bianca Andreescu of Canada on day 13 of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis event at USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle. Necessary Credit score: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports activities
Meghan Markle, the spouse of Britain’s Prince Harry, sat within the participant’s field of her good buddy Williams as she took on Canada’s Bianca Andreescu within the ladies’s remaining on Saturday.
The presence of the Duchess of Sussex heaps even larger significance on what could possibly be a memorable tennis event as Williams appears so as to add her title to the document books by equaling Margaret Court docket’s tally of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Whereas the sight of royalty at Wimbledon is as widespread as strawberries and cream, Markle’s look in New York is certain to stun, even among the many throngs of A-listers that repeatedly flock to the event.
She will not be, nevertheless, the primary royal to look on the remaining Grand Slam event of the 12 months.
Princess Beatrice of York attended the lads’s semi-final match between Rafa Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro in 2017 and Queen Sofia of Spain attended the 2013 males’s remaining to assist Nadal, event organizers stated.
But Markle stands aside as probably the most recognizable faces on the earth, after her 2018 marriage ceremony to Prince Harry, an occasion that commanded the worldwide highlight.
‘I USED TO CALL YOU MEGHAN’
Williams has a long-standing and well-documented friendship with Markle, with the six-times U.S. Open champion attending her royal marriage ceremony final 12 months and, in response to quite a few media experiences, co-hosting her child bathe in New York.
She celebrated the discharge of Markle’s cookbook a 12 months in the past in a Twitter submit that pulled again the curtain on her friendship with the previous actress.
“I used to name you Meghan (and I nonetheless do) however expensive Duchess of Sussex your first venture ‘Collectively’ a cookbook bringing ladies of all cultures collectively. I couldn’t be extra enthusiastic about it and pleased with you,” she tweeted.
Markle, showing an equally devoted buddy, made the last-minute determination to fly to the Large Apple after seeing Williams beat Elina Svitolina in her semi-final, in response to the Occasions.
On Saturday, she instructions probably the most sought-after spots in sport.
Demand for tickets to see whether or not Williams may seize an elusive record-equaling 24th main title was at the same stage to a 12 months in the past when she fell within the remaining to Naomi Osaka.
But demand for tickets to this 12 months’s showpiece match was 33% increased than in 2017 when Williams didn’t play within the remaining, in response to StubHub.
The retailer confirmed tickets costing a whole lot of simply to get into the Flushing Meadows facility on Saturday.
Reporting by Amy Tennery; Enhancing by Toby Davis