Serena Williams left her chic Manhattan hotel on Saturday afternoon while taking part in the US Open final, which could be historic and attended by her close friend Meghan Markle.
The former number one in the world, 37, was depicted as he left the plush Lotte New York Palace in Midtown, Manhattan with a black Nike tennis top, shorts and a cerise training jacket.
She will be watched by the Duchess of Sussex who arrived an hour late in New York at a & # 39; last-minute & # 39; commercial flight to catch the Saturday collision against the Canadian Bianca Andreescu.
If she wins, it will be her first grand slam title since the Australian Open in 2017 – after which she took a year out of the competition to have her daughter with Reddit co-founder husband Alexis Ohanian.
Serena Williams left her chic Manhattan hotel on Saturday afternoon as she participates in the US Open final that can be historic and is attended by her close friend Meghan Markle
Williams defeated Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the semifinals on Thursday and competes to win her 24th career Grand Slam, which would tie her to Margaret Court for the most in tennis history
She will compete against the Canadian Bianca Andreescu in the US Open women's final with the match starting at 4 p.m. at the Arthur Ashe stadium in Queens
The match against teenage phenomenon Andreescu starts at 4 p.m. at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis stadium in the Flushing Meadows district of the world.
Fellow mother Meghan will encourage her in a show of solidarity, while Williams fights back to form after a series of defeats after her pregnancy – which recently lost in the Wimbledon final in London.
Williams defeated Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the semifinals on Thursday and is trying to win her 24th career Grand Slam title, which would bind her most to Margaret Court in tennis history.
Andreescu has never passed the second round of a Grand Slam before the 2019 US Open. The 19-year-old Canadian defeated Belinda Bencic in straight sets in the semifinals on Thursday.
37-year-old Williams has lost all three major finals she has achieved since her return from delivery, including last year to Naomi Osaka in Flushing Meadows.
That match is best remembered because of Williams' arguments with president umpire Carlos Ramos.
On Friday, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, also believes that her familiarity with the big stage can give her a head start.
The Duchess of Sussex who arrived an hour late in New York on a & # 39; last-minute & # 39; commercial flight to catch the Saturday collision against the Canadian Bianca Andreescu. Markle is pictured here while he saw Williams compete at Wimbledon in 2018
Williams plays Bianca Andreescu in the final today. The 19-year-old Canadian defeated Belinda Bencic in straight sets in the semifinals on Thursday
& # 39; It's called busy, and I think Serena had to be a little busy in her life & # 39 ;, he said about the 37-year-old who learned tennis as a child from her father at courts in Compton, California.
& # 39; And you can't think she's not good at dealing with pressure. & # 39;
Williams seems to be fully recovered from the knee injury, meaning that she had to stop earlier this year after one game from the Miami and Rome tournaments, giving her already deadly game an extra dimension.
& # 39; If you feel weak or not as strong as you would like, it was harder to beat the pressure, & # 39; said Mouratoglou.
& # 39; I think it's a completely different situation now, because she can move now.
& # 39; If she has to play the rally, she can play the rally. We have seen that I think a few times during the tournament.
Williams was seen carrying the two-year-old daughter Alexis by her side when she entered the Lotte New York Palace hotel on Friday evening. She would be & # 39; nervous & # 39; are for the big competition that could beat her the grand slam record
Meghan and Serena Williams laugh together at the 2014 DirecTV Beach Bowl in New York
& # 39; So there is no panic if she misses something more than usual. No problem. There are other play options. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Markle flew from London Heathrow on Friday morning and left Prince Harry and their four-month-old son Archie in Windsor – although it is said that a security team is with her.
It is assumed that she embarked on the 8.25 am flight or the 9 am flight from Heathrow.
The 8.25 hour flight lost more than 30 minutes behind schedule. It was set to arrive in New York at 11.05 local time, but arrived at 12.22 instead.
The Duchess was led on Friday with a friend to Modo Yoga in the trendy West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Meghan, 38, joined a surprisingly full class of up to 60 people in the environmentally conscious studio, which specializes in warm yoga classes.
& # 39; There were many sweet, knowing smiles & # 39; among those in the room, a source told People.com, where everyone respects the duchess's privacy.
Serena Williams celebrates during its US Open tennis semi-final victory in New York Thursday
William & # 39; s husband Alexis Ohanian laughs while he sees his wife playing in the US Open Women & # 39; s semifinal on Thursday
Despite an amazing number of people in the same small studio as one of the most famous women in the world, a photo of Meghan's session is yet to appear.
Meghan stayed up to watch the semi-final, which ended yesterday at 1.30 a.m. in the UK and is believed to have boarded a flight in London at around 8.30 a.m.
The duchess's journey is also because assistants insisted that Meghan and Harry were too busy with charity projects to come to the Queen in Balmoral this weekend.
Despite the long flight and a stressful delay for Meghan, sources have claimed that the coaches of Williams are not very happy that the duchess has come to support her friend, because she could distract her from the game in hand.
They would be worried about Williams losing when Meghan attended her last game in Wimbledon.
A source told page six: & # 39; Serena asked her coach about Meghan who arrived when she won last night and everyone is worried because tennis players are very superstitious and Serena lost when Meghan came to see her in Wimbledon. & # 39;
The source added that Williams & # 39; employees were worried that the trip was a publicity stunt.
Meghan Markle can be seen here with the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton as they applaud the winner Simona Halep of Romania after her victory against Serena Williams of the United States during the Ladies Singles Final in July 2019
Meghan and her husband Prince Harry have been fired for taking private flights after previously claiming that they will have a maximum of two children to prevent environmental damage
However, it is said that Williams Meghan adores & # 39; and & # 39; would not have a word of it & # 39 ;.
It is not yet known where in New York Meghan will stay and with whom she will stay, but it is thought that she has flown first class for the two-day trip across the Atlantic.
The Duchess, who also looked at Williams in Wimbledon in July, flew away after the fight over she and her husband Prince Harry who made four journeys by private jet in eleven days last month.
Meghan is expected to return to Great Britain on Sunday. A source told The Times: & # 39; It's a last-minute trip. Excited to support her girlfriend and then come back. & # 39;
She would like to travel across the Atlantic to attend the final at Arthur Ashe Stadium since Williams won her quarter final on Wednesday.
This is Meghan & # 39; s first trip to New York since her baby shower, which Williams helped organize in February, when she celebrated for five nights in a $ 70,000 per night penthouse with her famous friends.
The party, which caused unrest in Britain because of the breathtaking estimated total bill of $ 405,000, was organized by Williams and her old girlfriend Jessica Mulroney.
After becoming Prince Harry's girlfriend and then Duchess, Meghan would have leaned on Williams for guidance in dealing with the media in the run-up to their marriage
Williams, who attended their marriage to her husband in May 2018, said last year that they had known each other for a long time, but we have been relying on each other lately & # 39;
On that occasion, Meghan flew to and from the US in a private jet with her good friend Amal Clooney, who paid for the 13-hour tour that cost $ 16,000 per hour.
Meghan met Williams for the first time at a Super Bowl party in 2010 and it is thought that their friendship has evolved rapidly through frequent phone calls and text messages.
After becoming Prince Harry's girlfriend and then Duchess, Meghan would have leaned on Williams for media mentoring.
Williams, who attended their wedding in May 2018, said last year that they had known each other for a long time, but we have been relying on each other lately.
The couple, who live in Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, enjoyed a one-week trip to Ibiza last month and a long weekend in southern France with Sir Elton John.
The Sussex people were fired for taking private flights after previously claiming that they will have a maximum of two children to prevent environmental damage.
Their son Archie, who was born at Portland Hospital in London on May 6 and is seventh in line for the throne, who is only four months old.
Buckingham Palace also formally confirmed that the Sussex baby is bringing Archie to Africa as their first official family tour.
There had been rumors that this week the Sussexes, together with their son Archie, would come to the Prince in Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands.
But while most of the royal family have made the long journey to Aberdeenshire, Harry and Meghan have no plans at all to fly to Scotland.
Sources near the couple insist that the decision is not a & # 39; blunt & # 39; must be seen – and Harry rarely goes to the Deeside estate these days.
They flew to Ibiza on August 6 by private jet for Meghan's 38th birthday. Days later, they flew to Nice on a $ 18 million Cessna aircraft described as the & # 39; highlight of luxury & # 39 ;.
Sir Elton said he paid for their flights to his holiday home and made a & # 39; appropriate contribution & # 39; has supplied a CO2 footprint fund to compensate for the impact on the environment.
Earlier this week, Harry defended his use of private jets and claimed he needed them for the safety of his family – despite insisting on the public to reduce their carbon footprint.
He took a scheduled flight to Amsterdam this week to promote Travalyst, an arrangement for environmentally friendly tourism.
During the event, the prince refused to apologize for his recent private flights, and said: & I spend 99 percent of my life traveling the world on commercial trips.
& # 39; Occasionally there must be a possibility [to fly privately] based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family is safe – it is that simple.
& # 39; For me it's all about balance. It is not a decision that I would like to make, but if I have to do that, I will ensure that I am balancing the impact that I have. & # 39;
Harry rejected concern about his carbon footprint by insisting that he offset & # 39; emissions & # 39; by donating to renewable energy incentives and planting trees.
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