Tennis: Queen makes first visit to Wimbledon in 33 years

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By The Staff

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II made her first appearance at Wimbledon in 33 years Thursday — applauding Briton Andy Murray as he won his second match and greeting a giddy Serena Williams, who showed off her curtsy.

Wearing a white dress with a blue coat and matching hat, the 84-year-old queen braved scorching temperatures as she greeted onlookers and met former champions such as Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova before meeting the tennis tournament's top seeds.

Williams, who wore a form-fitting white top and skirt, had talked at length about her efforts to perfect her curtsy and sport more conservative clothing — the defending champion is known for outrageous outfits such as a skin-tight black catsuit and fluorescent orange micro-shorts.

Smiling widely, Williams took a deep curtsy but was not scheduled to play on Center Court where the queen will watch matches from the Royal Box. Venus Williams, who was wearing a glamorous mauve dress, also appeared to curtsy as she was introduced to the monarch.

"She looked stunning, she's just amazing," said Debbie Moody, a 45-year-old nurse, after watching the queen's arrival. "It's a shame she hasn't been for so long, but I'm so glad she has decided to come back."

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