Sabine Lisicki will take on Marion Bartoli in a finals that has surprised the casual and hardcore tennis fan alike. The 2013 Wimbledon Women's Final Start Time is set for 9:00 a.m. (EST) Saturday morning and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. Currently Lisicki is favored to win.
Lisicki has been dubbed with the nickname "Giant Killer" because of all the Top 10 players she has knocked out. Each of those wins came at Wimbledon, where she has no doubt played her best tennis throughout her career. It began this tournament with Serena Williams, the no-doubt best women's tennis player on the planet. Lisicki then knocked out Kaia Kanepi, not a giant by any means, but a very solid player. Then on Thursday she out-lasted Agnieszka Radwanska in a wonderful three-set match of great tennis. She's never been in a Grand Slam final before but it only seems fitting that Wimbledon would be where she made her first final appearance.
Bartoli isn't a killer of giants, but she is a very solid player. She's been to this stage before at Wimbledon, reaching the final match in the 2007 tournament. There's been a lot of talk about Bartoli and her father and now again changing coaches before Wimbledon began. But much like Lisicki, Bartoli plays very well on the grass court and specifically at Wimbledon.
These two have met four times total ans twice already at Wimbledon. In 2008 Bartoli topped Lisicki in straight sets. But the German thumper got her revenge in the 2011 tournament, knocking Bartoli out in three sets during the quarterfinals. Now they will meet on tennis' biggest stage for the right to be crowned champion.
Lisicki is the favorite in this matchup and for good measure. She will use her power game and probably force Bartoli to have to move toward the net, which is something she doesn't enjoy doing. Look for a well-played matchup between the two women but Lisicki should win this one in three sets.
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