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Crowds out in force for Wimbledon’s ladies’ final

Rain has not deterred those keen to see Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza, who will play under the Centre Court roof.

Venus Williams has stepped onto Centre Court as she bids to secure a sixth Wimbledon title in the final of the tournament.

The 37-year-old takes on 23-year-old Garbine Muguruza under a closed roof, after rain suspended play on outside courts at SW19.

A packed crowd cheered loudly as the players walked out, holding huge colourful bouquets of flowers.

The finalists are being watched by a host of famous faces, including former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry, Dame Kelly Holmes, actor Aidan Turner and American actress Hilary Swank.

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Mary Berry wore pink (Gareth Fuller/PA)

They were joined in the Royal Box by several former professional tennis players including Virginia Wade – the last British woman to lift the trophy in 1977 – and American and former world number one Billie Jean King.

Berry, wearing a bright pink dress, matching kitten heels and a light pink coat, posed for photographs outside the members’ enclosure. The 82-year-old teamed her finals day outfit with a chunky pearl necklace.

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Sir Cliff wore a floral and black jacket (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Sir Cliff Richard, who has enjoyed several days at the tournament, was also spotted arriving at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in a dark patterned jacket. Swank opted for a pink scalloped-edge sleeveless dress.

Play was suspended on outside courts as rain started falling at SW19 around lunchtime, bringing a halt to the men’s wheelchair doubles final with Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid’s down a set to France’s Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

The decision was made that the women’s singles final will be played under the closed Centre Court roof for the first time.

The winner will take home £2.2 million in prize money, with the runner-up netting £1.1 million.

The coin toss was performed by 12-year-old Rebecca Jones, who was chosen for the honour by BBC Children in Need after losing her father to a brain tumour last year.

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