It’s a surprising final, Sabine Lisicki will meet Marion Bartoli for the 2013 Wimbledon title. Neither player have ever reached a Grand Slam title before so a new name will be etched in the history books.
The winner of 2013 Wimbledon will be a first time Grand Slam champion, the 42nd different woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era (and 18th Wimbledon). The last time there was a first-time Grand Slam champion was at 2012 Australian Open (Azarenka).
The winner will be the sixth different first-time Grand Slam title winner in the last 14 Slams: Schiavone (2010 Roland Garros), Li (2011 Roland Garros), Kvitova (2011 Wimbledon), Stosur (2011 US Open) and Azarenka (2012 Australian Open).
The only other time a No.23 seed has advanced to a Grand Slam final was 2007 Wimbledon:  Venus Williams defeated  Marion Bartoli 64 61.
For first time since 2007, a player ranked outside the Top 10 will win the title at Wimbledon (No.31 Venus Williams d. Bartoli in F).
In Open Era, Bartoli would be first woman to win Wimbledon without facing a Top 10 seeded opponent; S.Williams won 2010 Wimbledon without facing a Top 10 ranked opponent, however, Williams defeated No.12 ranked Li Na in QF (Li was the No.9 seed).
This will be the first title since 2011 for either Bartoli (2011 Osaka) or Lisicki (2011 Dallas). Both are former winners of British grass court events: Bartoli won 2011 Eastbourne while Lisicki won 2011 Birmingham.
Playing with Sam Stosur, Lisicki was runner-up in the doubles here in 2011 (l. Peschke/Srebotnik).
The Wimbledon final has been decided in three sets on 18 occasions. Last year’s final was the first 3-set Wimbledon final since 2006.
 SABINE LISICKI (GER #24) vs.  MARION BARTOLI (FRA #15)
Lisicki leads 3-1
Contesting career-first Grand Slam singles final – was runner-up in doubles here w/Stosur in 2011 (l.
First German to reach a Grand Slam final since Graf at 1999 Wimbledon (l. Davenport).
The last time a German woman won a Grand Slam was 1999 Roland Garros (Graf defeated Hingis in final).
Previous best Grand Slam singles result was SF at 2011 Wimbledon, as a wildcard (l. Sharapova).
Playing in second career Grand Slam final (R-Up at 2007 Wimbledon); it is her first appearance in a final since 2012 Carlsbad (R-Up); her last title came at 2011 Osaka.
Bidding to become the sixth player in the Open Era to win the title at Wimbledon without dropping a set (has happened on nine occasions): Navratilova (1983, 1984, 1986, 1990), S.Williams (2002, 2010), V.Williams (2008), Davenport (1999) and Evert (1981).
In Open Era, would be first woman to win Wimbledon without facing a Top 10 seeded opponent; S.Williams won
2010 Wimbledon without facing a Top 10 ranked opponent, however, Williams defeated No.12 ranked Li Na in QF (Li was the No.9 seed).
Would be the first woman to win Wimbledon in the Open Era playing two-handed off both sides.
SATURDAY WIMBLEDONS SCHEDULE
Centre Court 2.00pm Start Time
1. Ladies’ Singles – Final
Sabine Lisicki (GER) v. Marion Bartoli (FRA)
2. Gentlemen’s Doubles – Final
Bob Bryan (USA) v. Ivan Dodig (CRO)
Mike Bryan (USA) Marcelo Melo (BRA)
3. Ladies’ Doubles – Final
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) v. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
Shuai Peng (CHN) Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
BET AT HOME ODDS
Sabine Lisicki 1.45 v Marion Bartoli 2.50
WEATHER.COM LONDON FORECAST
Sunny, high 83F
ESPN will have live coverage of both the women’s and doubles finals on Saturday starting at 9am ET.
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