Camilla congratulates Murray on win

Romsey Advertiser: The Duchess of Cornwall left Wimbledon's Centre Court to watch Andy Murray play and then congratulated him on his win The Duchess of Cornwall left Wimbledon's Centre Court to watch Andy Murray play and then congratulated him on his win

Andy Murray got the royal seal of approval at Wimbledon when the Duchess of Cornwall left her seat in the Royal Box on Centre Court to watch his match instead.

The Scot, who was playing on Court Number One, was also personally congratulated on his second-round win by tennis fan Camilla when they bumped into each other afterwards.

She was enjoying a ladies' day out with her sister, Annabel Elliot, and was initially watching the women in action on Centre Court.

But she left the exclusive area so she could instead watch the British number one continue his bid for a second Wimbledon title.

Camilla, who wore a tennis racquet brooch on her jacket, took a seat in the members' area on Royal Box row on the court where Murray was playing.

A royal spokeswoman said: "She bumped into Andy Murray when he left the court, as he was going back to his locker room, and congratulated him."

Camilla left Centre Court when the first set between Casey Dellacqua and Agnieszka Radwanska was finished.

Murray, 27, powered to victory, needing just an hour and 24 minutes to see off Blaz Rola 6-1 6-1 6-0.

Shortly after Murray's match against Rola got under way, the sound of a champagne cork popping amused the spectators.

Speaking afterwards about his royal fan, Murray said: "Well, it's nice that she came to watch the match, obviously."

Officials at the All England Club said there was no record of how many times a senior member of the Royal Family has left the Royal Box on Centre Court to watch a different match.

Meanwhile, Murray's mother told how he had leapt to the rescue of a dog while en route to the tournament.

The tennis ace stopped traffic as he saw the labradoodle running towards oncoming cars at the weekend before returning it to its startled owner.

Judy Murray said her reaction was: "What you doing? You're on the way to Wimbledon and you're going to get run over."

She said the dog's owner was shocked to see who had saved her pet.

"Andy was sitting in the car and she just went 'Oh my God'."

After his win, Murray told the press he has not had much contact with his mother since his animal rescue.

"Yeah, I don't think I've seen her since," he said.

"The dog had obviously been chasing something because it was so tired, so it sat down on the road.

"I just grabbed it by the collar and, yeah, threw it in the back of my car, then drove to the place where people where I live walk the dogs. I called the number that was on the tag.

"Yeah, I left a message. But as I was leaving the message, my mum had bumped into the owner and gave the dog to the owner. Then left."

Ms Murray was remaining coy about rumours that she is to star in Strictly Come Dancing, but made it clear who she would like as a partner.

She said: "Don't believe everything you read in the papers."

But when asked who she would like to have as a professional partner on the show, if she were to take part, she immediately said: "Artem."

Artem Chigvintsev is one of the programme's professional dancers.

Asked if she thought she would progress towards the final in the BBC show, she said: "I'm only going to be watching it on television."

The 54-year-old tennis coach is a big fan of Strictly and has posted comments about the dancers on her Twitter account.

She is believed to be in the advanced stage of talks to join the next series.

Ms Murray, who was serving up coffee to fans in the queue and posing for selfies, was asked why she would choose Chigvintsev.

"Because I think he is a phenomenal dancer and I love watching him dance," she said.

Echoing Sir Bruce Forsyth's catchphrase, she added: "He's my favourite."

Asked if Chigvintsev's toned chest had anything to do with her preference, she joked: "That's not bad either. That helps!"

Ms Murray was also coy about bookmakers closing betting on her son getting engaged to girlfriend Kim Sears during the tournament - and her views on the Scottish independence vote.

She volleyed back questions on both with "No comment" replies.

Elsewhere, British hopeful Tara Moore lost her match against former world number one Vera Zvonareva.

Moore was being sponsored for fist-pumping during her match, with funds going to the charity Rally for Bally which was set up in memory of tennis player Elena Baltacha, who died of liver cancer in May.

The sponsor, mobile network Three, estimated that there were 171 fist pumps during the match with £3 donated each time, raising £513.

Figures show the number of people attending Wimbledon so far is down on last year.

A total of 42,673 spectators attended on day two - a decrease of 1,258 on the secon day last summer.

Attendance on the opening day this year was also down, with figures showing a decrease of 390 people on last year.

Elsewhere, British player Naomi Broady's Wimbledon campaign ended with a straight-sets victory for Caroline Wozniacki. After the match Broady said she apologised to Wozniacki for not being more of a challenge.

"I apologised for not giving her a very good match for her next round.

"She's very sweet, such a nice girl inside and out. She's been through a rough time recently, and I'm super happy for her to go through to the next round.

"Even if she had to beat me. Damn her," she said.

Golf star Rory McIlroy announced his relationship with former world number one Wozniacki was over last month because he was not ready for marriage - even though wedding invitations had just been sent out.

The Danish athlete, who has already talked about her love life at the tournament, has spoken again about dating.

"I got a few people out there asking me if I want to date them. I'm like, 'well, I'm taking my time, taking it easy at the moment'.

"I kind of feel like I need to be single for a while," she said.

On day two, Wozniacki was asked about Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lpez, and she smiled and said: "This is very awkward."

Heartthrob Lopez was dubbed "Deliciano" by Andy Murray's mother Judy in 2011, prompting her son to tell her to "stop that nonsense".

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