The ladies' singles final on Saturday is one of the least-expected major finals in a long while, with neither player sitting inside the top 10 and certainly not a part of the "trivalry" among Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova - who own the last six majors in tennis. But Sabine Lisicki v Marion Bartoli promises to be an intriguing match-up that will give one of these two women her first-ever Grand Slam trophy. We look ahead to that match and more on a busy second Saturday at Wimbledon.
Lisicki's Love v Battling Bartoli
They've met four times before, Sabine Lisicki winning the last three against Marion Bartoli. But that first battle came here at Wimbledon on grass in 2008, and since they've played just once more on the natural stuff, the German winning in three sets in the 2011 quarter-finals. Lisicki hopes her love for the grass comes alive again on Saturday against a battling Bartoli, who is ruthless from the baseline and has hit her way through six straight-set matches to reach her second final at Wimbledon, the first coming in 2007. Lisicki, on the other hand, has played three three-set matches in her last four rounds, including her epic win over Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals. But while this match will partly be about stamina, it'll more be about showing up to play big tennis. Whoever does that best will walk away a new major winner.
Bryans Go After History
Bob and Mike Bryan are not new to winning majors, and on Saturday will go for their 15th Grand Slam having already won a record 14 as a pair. They'll go for a "Bryan Slam," as well, looking to win the Olympics, the US Open, Australian Open, French Open and now Wimbledon in one year's time. Not bad, right? The duo that will try and stop them are Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig, two doubles veterans who have played off and on with one another. The two teams met less than a year ago at the Rogers Cup in Canada, the Bryans winning 7-5, 6-2.
Aussie Duo Aims for One More Win
Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty are an unlikely doubles pair, but have someway belted and bunted their way to a second major final this year and look to go one further on Saturday against Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai. The team from Down Under made the Australian Open final only to lose to top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, and two weeks ago won the grass warm-up event at Birmingham for their first-ever title together. The 17-year-old Barty is playing her first full year on tour while Dellacqua, at 28, is a seasoned regular. Can they seal the deal to become the first all-Aussie duo to win a Slam since Judy Chaloner and Dianne Evers did so at the AO in 1979? Their Asian counterparts will try and stop them.
Bencic Chases Paris-London Double
A creative, controlled and solid young Swiss teenager making her way through the junior ranks... We've heard this story before, right? On Saturday Belinda Bencic will look to become the first girl to win the French Open and Wimbledon titles back-to-back in one year since Martina Hingis did so in 1994. Bencic will have her hands full with American Taylor Townsend, who has an Australian Open junior title to her name (the 2012 Australian Open) and a serve-and-volley game well suited for Wimbeldon's grass courts.
Worth a Watch
At the business end of a Grand Slam, every match is worth a good look. The wheelchair and invitation events continue on Saturday, with matches on a select group of outside courts. While fans will flock to the hill, the outers in action include No.3 Court and Court 14. There is - as always - good viewing for fans at Aorangi Park, where they can glimpse players coming to and from the practice courts, including the two men's finalists who will surely be fine-tuning their games the day before their final.
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