Saturday morning bright and early at 9 a.m.ET on ESPN it will be Breakfast at Wimbledon The Ladies Final. No odds maker on the planet had German Sabine Lisicki facing France’s Marion Bartoli in the final at Wimbledon 2013.
Of note is the fact that Germany’s Lisicki and France’s Bartoli also form the second-lowest pair of seeded women to meet for the Wimbledon title. In 2007, Bartoli was No. 18 when she lost to No. 23 Venus Williams.
Despite the low seeds this should be an outstanding final with both of these women playing consistent and gritty tennis en route to meeting each other in the final. With Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova ousted this is a final for the real tennis fan. After all it was Lisicki who bounced Williams out at the All England Club in a huge upset in the round of 16.
The odds makers have Lisicki as a slight favorite over Bartoli to win Saturday morning at the most important tennis championship in the world. Both women bring different skill sets to this Wimbledon Final.
For the 23rd-seeded Lisicki she reached her first major final by edging No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 in an exciting back-and-forth match Thursday.
She told the press after the match:
“I just fought with all my heart,” said Lisicki, who twice was two points away from losing to 2012 runner-up Radwanska. “I believed that I could still win, no matter what the score was.”
The semi final for Bartoli began with a nap on a locker-room couch before heading out to Centre Court and earning a berth in her second Wimbledon final with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over No. 20 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.
I like Lisicki to win despite the fact that Bartoli has been to the Wimbledon finals. She has a very powerful serve and knows how to win coming from behind. Bartoli is great at her ground strokes and can hit powerful fore and backhand shots. But in an even match the edge goes to the women with the best serve and that is Lisicki.
She will win an entertaining three set match to capture the Wimbledon Ladies Championship.