Perhaps it’s because my fave (Serena Williams) lost in the past two Wimbledon women’s finals, but I enjoyed this year’s women’s final so much! I really like both finalists, Ash Barty and Karolina Pliskova, and I would have been happy to see either of them win. In the end, the two women played an absolutely brilliant and surprisingly tense three-setter and it was one of the best Slam finals (on the women’s side) in a while. Ash Barty of Australia ended up winning the Venus Rosewater Dish, her second Slam title in singles. Both ladies were super-emotional about it and everyone was in their feelings.
As we previewed on Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the women’s final. I was trying to remember if William has ever attended the women’s final before now and my cursory research shows that this is the very first time. He usually only shows up for men’s matches. Kate was, of course, getting out of isolation on Saturday after her Covid exposure on an unknown date. Seems sketch, but sure. Also strange? Kate was supposedly in isolation and not able to leave Kensington Palace for the previous seven days, yet she had a fresh dye job, blowout and what appears to be a Botox top-off. I guess those people could have made “house calls,” but it still defeats the purpose of “isolation.” Kate also wore a $1525 Emilia Wickstead dress in green. Keen in Green! Only instead of cosplaying Ireland, she’s cosplaying a grass court, in honor of Wimbledon. The dress is actually very pretty, in my opinion. She also carried a Mulberry bag.
Just like at the 2019 men’s final, Kate passed out the “trophies.” Ash got the Venus Rosewater Dish and Karolina got the runners-up plate. Before 2019, the Duke of Kent (and before that, the Duchess of Kent) would hand out the trophies and plates. It looks like Kate finally succeeded at pushing out the Duke of Kent though – it was announced on Friday that the Duke will be stepping down from his honorary position of president of the All-England Club after 52 years. While they have not announced that Kate will be taking over as president, she was named royal patron to the AELTC years ago and the Middleton PR made sure everyone knew that Kate really, really wanted the Duke of Kent’s job. It’s one of the very few things she’s ever been truly keen about.
Also, there was some drama online about whether or not William and Kate were cheering more heavily for Pliskova (a white woman from the Czech Republic) than Barty (an Australian woman with indigenous heritage). For what it’s worth, it seemed to me like the Cambridges were just cheering the general high quality of the match. That being said, Kate made a total ass out of herself during the meet-and-greet in the Royal Box when she asked Ash what time it was in Australia, and Kate kept interrupting William AND Ash. Ash seemed relieved to be able to move on and fist-bump Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.
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