Wimbledon 2013 women’s singles final is set up for a clash in styles and will deliver a brand new champion in either Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli.
23rd seed Lisicki came through in three sets in her semi-final against fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, while Bartoli put in an immaculate display to end the fairytale of 20th seed Kirsten Flipkens.
Lisicki is favourite for the title after knocking out defending champion Serena Williams in the fourth round and the Centre Court crowd will likely be favouring her after she spent the past two weeks endearing herself towards them.
She is the first German since Steffi Graf in 1999 to reach a Wimbledon final and her all-action style is sure to make it an entertaining final.
However, Bartoli was in such fine form in defeating Flipkens that she will be full of the belief that she can go one better than she did in 2007 and actually win the title.
Venus Williams was at her best in that final and the 15th seed will feel she has a far greater chance against Lisicki, especially as she has made it to the final without dropping a set.
Lisicki has already proved she has great mental strength by coming back from a break down in the final set of the win over Radwanska, as well the upset of Williams on Monday.
She has shown an erratic streak and has severe ups and downs with her game, though has timed her recoveries perfectly up to now.
Saturday’s final will be as tense an environment as Lisicki has faced and such dips in form could well be exposed by the woman who has been there before.
Bartoli admitted after the match that Flipkens may have been struggling with tiredness and injury, but she played an almost perfect grass court match to give the Belgian no chance.
As both players are producing their best tennis, Nerve will likely be the deciding factor come Saturday on Centre Court – let’s see who can hold it best.
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