Wimbledon: Becks is back, ticket prices soar

There was another star-studded crowd at Wimbledon on Thursday, with David Beckham among the high-profile spectators again.

Tennis heavyweights Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova renewed their rivalry in the semi-finals of Wimbledon and there was an array of famous faces to watch them do battle on Centre Court.

Sports stars, actors, television personalities, and politicians also watched Garbine Muguruza reach her first final from the Royal Box. Novak Djokovic took in some words of wisdom from coach Boris Becker as he limbered up for his last-four encounter with Richard Gasquet, while online ticket prices for the singles finals will make your eyes water.

Final ticket prices go through the roof

Any die-hard tennis fans desperate to get their hands on tickets for the finals this weekend had better consider re-mortgaging the house. Tickets for the men's showpiece are being offered online at a staggering £9,400 on eBay's StubHub site. Looking for a more wallet-friendly option? The showdown between Williams and Muguruza was advertised at a mere £2,500...

Mum's the word for Beckham

David Beckham watched Andy Murray and Djokovic reach the semi-finals with his son Romeo on Wednesday and the former England football captain clearly enjoyed it so much he was back again a day later. It was another family affair for the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid star, who brought his mother Sandra along to watch the action.  

Darcey swaps ballroom for ball games

Retired ballerina Darcey Bussell was in the Royal Box to watch Williams and Muguruza strut their stuff. The Strictly Come Dancing judge would surely have given world number one Williams 10 out of 10 for her outstanding display against Sharapova.

Sharapova in troubled waters as Ainsle watches on

Sailing great Ben Ainslie has made a career out of avoiding troubled waters, but Sharapova was unable to do so as she endured more misery at the hands of big rival Williams as the Englishman saw from the Royal Box. It was all plain sailing for Williams as she stayed on course to win a sixth Wimbledon title.

Djok has a knock

Top seed and world number one Djokovic attracted plenty of attention on the outside courts as he honed his skills on the eve of his semi-final with Richard Gasquet. The Serb was put through his paces under the watchful gaze of coach Becker and it made for interesting viewing from up high on the roof of the Broadcast Centre. 

Thirst-quencher for McEnroe  

It was another hot day in south-west London, so Pimm's was in high demand. Tennis great John McEnroe needed no second invitation when he was given the opportunity to sample drop of the quintessentially British tipple during a television interview.