(Reuters) – Serena Williams has been working on her curtsy in anticipation of meeting the Queen at Wimbledon this week.
“I was practicing it this morning,” the American champion told reporters on Sunday.
“I definitely don’t think I should take a bow, so I’ll probably curtsy.”
The Queen, who will attend the grasscourt championships on Thursday, has not visited Wimbledon since 1977, when she handed the women’s singles trophy to Britain’s Virginia Wade.
Williams, the 12-times grand slam winner, is expected to play her second-round tie on Thursday.
The 28-year-old said: “I found out she was coming to town … I thought, ‘Wow, I just got to make sure I’m here on Thursday’. Hopefully I have a chance to meet her.”
But Williams is already feeling the pressure of the occasion.
“(My curtsy) is a little extreme, so I’m going to have to tone it down,” she joked. “I get really low. I have a lot of arm movement. So, yeah, I’ll have to tone it down.”
Williams meets Portugal’s Michelle Larcher de Brito in the first round on Tuesday..
(Reporting by Stephen Wood, editing by Pritha Sarkar)