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Kate watches women’s final at Wimbledon after period of self-isolation

Written by on 10 July 2021

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, attended the Wimbledon women’s singles final on Saturday as her self-isolation ended following a potential coronavirus exposure.

She was joined by her husband, the Duke of Cambridge, five days after Kensington Palace had announced she was isolating due to being in close contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

While the duchess is expected to attend the men’s singles final on Sunday, Prince William is not expected in the royal box, with a potential conflict between Wimbledon and the final of the Euro 2020 football tournament between England and Italy.

The royal couple attended Wimbledon on Saturday. Pic: Reuters Image: The royal couple attended Wimbledon on Saturday

Also present in the royal box was Emma Raducanu, the 18-year-old British tennis sensation who was forced to withdraw during her last 16 match against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic after suffering difficulty breathing.

Raducanu’s withdrawal came in the second set of her last 16 tie against the Australian on Court One on Monday.

Already a set down, Raducanu was 3-0 behind in the second to the world number 75 when she received medical attention courtside from the trainer and doctor.

She had been noticeably struggling to breathe and, after consulting with them, she walked off Court One for a medical timeout.

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Teen tennis sensation Emma Raducanu was also present in the royal box. Pic: Reuters Image: Teenage tennis sensation Emma Raducanu was also present in the royal box

Others seated near to the royal couple included the Duke of Kent, who is stepping down as president of the All England Club this year, as well as Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Celebrities including Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise were also seen during the women’s final between Australia’s Ash Barty and Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova. World number one Barty defeated her opponent 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 to become the first Australian woman to lift the trophy at Wimbledon in over 40 years.

Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise were also spotted during the women's final. Pic: Reuters Image: Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise were also spotted during the women’s final

The Duchess of Cambridge has been described as a keen tennis fan and is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

She has regularly attended the Wimbledon championships since her marriage to Prince William in 2011.

And earlier in the Euros, Kate appeared alongside her husband and their son Prince George at Wembley to watch England’s victory over Germany in the round of 16.

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