Serena Williams the one to beat at Wimbledon whatever rankings say

Her post-pregnancy world ranking is 183 but it is hard to argue against the 25th seeding granted to the seven-time champion

Few athletes in the history of sport have rushed towards drama with as much enthusiasm and panache as Serena Williams has. So, when the extraordinary American cancelled her pre-Wimbledon press conference at the last minute on Saturday afternoon to go to a polo match with Prince Harry and Meghan, the reaction around the All England Club was one of resignation rather than surprise.

Williams was a guest at the royal wedding in Windsor in May and the three of them – along with various courtiers and celebrity chums – were back there again to watch some polo on a glorious afternoon when, critics might point out, she might have been better employed attending to her day job.

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