It"s game, set and match to the Duchess: Kate Middleton beats Kim Sears in the Centre Court fashion face-off

It's game, set and match to the Duchess: Kate beats Kim in the Centre Court fashion face-off

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10:12 GMT, 5 July 2012

When it came to the main match on Centre Court, it had nothing to do with the tennis.

Even on the day that Andy Murray won through to the semi-finals, this was the battle of the Wimbledon Wardrobes: Kim v Kate.

But faced with the fashion fire power of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kim Sears had little chance.

While Kate – always impeccably turned
out whatever the occasion – wore a 1,100 Alexander McQueen nautical
dress, Kim kept it casual in black skinny jeans, a grey vest and denim
shirt.

Glossy: The duchess is sophisticated in knitted McQueen

Casual: In a chambray shirt and figure-hugging jeans

They both look ace: Kate, 30, left, and Andy Murray's 24-year-old girlfriend Kim, right, showed off very different courtside styles

Sleek: The Duchess's blow dry is immaculate

Kim Sears wore next to no make up at Wimbledon

All made up: Kate went for her usual natural glow with heavy eyebrows and eyeliner, while Kim Sears wore next to no make up at Wimbledon

With their long, glossy manes,
athletic figures and careful combination of designer and high street
it’s not surprising that comparisons have been drawn between the two
women.

But yesterday, it was clear who had won in the style stakes. Game, set and match to the Duchess.

The 30-year-old earned some thrift
points into the bargain, by wearing the dress she had debuted on the
same day last year in Canada.

And the Twenties style with cable knit was a subtle nod to Wimbledon kit of yesteryear.

Kate Vs Kim: How the styles of the leading ladies compare

Kate Vs Kim: How the styles of the leading ladies compare

So close: Kate and Kim, displaying similarly long, glossy manes, at a particularly tense moment of the match

So close: Kate and Kim, displaying similarly long, glossy manes, at a particularly tense moment of the match

Winning smiles: Murray's success brings a grin from Kate, while Kim's joy for her boyfriend is less restrained

Winning smiles: Murray's success brings a grin from Kate, while Kim's joy for her boyfriend is less restrained

Job done: A win for Britain's No.1 makes Kate happy, as Kim removes her sunglasses and pumps her fist in delight

Job done: A win for Britain's No.1 makes Kate happy, as Kim removes her sunglasses and pumps her fist in delight

Her favourite 500 navy Prada shoes
and Jaeger clutch completed the ensemble. She likes the blue bag so much
the fashion house has even named it ‘Kate’ in her honour.

Meanwhile Kim, 24, departed from her usual flirty frocks to dress down completely.

Her only nod to her boyfriend’s
estimated 15million fortune was her 795 Mulberry Bayswater bag, 115
French Sole pumps and an expensive watch.

Last week she wore a dazzling 1,750
Tag Heuer diamond set watch, but yesterday it was a Rolex Explorer II
worth 5,530. A gift from Andy perhaps, or one from her boyfriend’s
collection.

Relaxed: Kim laughs as she takes her seat

Relaxed: A pretty Kim looked relaxed and cheerful as she took her seat

Natural: Murray's girl goes for the girl next door look

Natural: Murray's girl goes for the girl next door look

Shady lady: Ray-Ban aviator shades are bang on trend

Shady lady: Ray-Ban aviator shades are bang on trend

It was the only bit of ‘bling’ in an otherwise pedestrian performance.

Kate was accompanied in the royal box
by her husband the Duke of Cambridge, who looked to be picking up a few
tips from his tennis-playing wife.

They chatted and joked to All England
Club chairman Philip Brook and his wife Gill, as they watched a
masterclass from Roger Federer.

First up on Centre, the Swiss defeated
Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny to set up a semi-final showdown with defending
champion Novak Djokovic tomorrow.

Then it was Murray’s turn. Spain’s
David Ferrer is a tough competitor – a former chain-smoking brickie who
retrained to become one of the fittest men on tour. Not for nothing is
he called the ‘Little Beast’.

Nautical: The simple knitted sailor design is perfect for the unpredictable British weather

Nautical: The simple knitted sailor design is perfect for the unpredictable British weather

Happy: Sharing a joke with the royal box

Sleek: The Duchess's blow dry is immaculate

Glamorous: Kate wore a full face of make-up with dark eyebrows and eyeliner framing her face

And so Kim, Kate, William and the
whole Centre Court crowd oo-ed and ahh-ed when he took the first set
from Murray and the Scot looked as if he was on his way to exiting stage
left.

Match Point

But Murray is made of sterner stuff.

He turned the match round to win 6-7,
7-6, 6-4, 7-6 in 3 hours and 52 mins, and he will play his 4th Wimbledon
semi-final tomorrow when he faces France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Kate and William couldn’t stay to watch Murray win – they left at 6.30pm in the decisive fourth set to travel to Scotland.

Today William will be formally installed as a Royal Knight of the Thistle by the Queen in Edinburgh.

After his match Murray said: ‘Very tough, long match. Lot of tight moments, three tie-breaks.

‘I just played a little bit better at
the end of the sets. David’s a great player, he’s ranked number 5 in the
world and sometimes doesn’t get enough respect for that.’

Asked about playing in front of the Duke and Duchess, Murray said: ‘I was aware of it. We got told before we went on the court.

‘It’s always going to make a
difference when you have royalty in there. For me, also playing in front
of someone like Agassi as well and Steffi Graf. Rod Laver was there,
too. You know, it was an unbelievable privilege to play in front of
those people.’

With Murray mania beginning to build, Ladbrokes has now cut to 4/1 its odds of the Scot winning the championship.

The betting firm’s Jessica Bridge said: ‘As far as his fans are concerned Murray’s already booked his place in the final.’