Marion Bartoli and Sabine Lisicki will battle for a Wimbledon championship after surviving a wild women's draw over the past two weeks. Both players enter the final in search of their first career Grand Slam title.
All three of those top contenders were eliminated before the quarterfinals, opening the door for other players.
Bartoli and Lisicki stepped up and took advantage. The unorthodox French star didn't drop a single set en route to the final, a run highlighted by a destruction of Kirsten Flipkens in the semifinals. The German went the distance three times, including in her semifinal triumph over Agnieszka Radwanska.
What the championship match lacks in star power, it makes up for with intrigue.
In the end, one player will walk away a Grand Slam champion. Let's take a look at all the viewing information for the match, followed by a preview and prediction.
Where: All England Club in London, England
When: Saturday, July 6 at 9 a.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
One of the biggest keys to the final is an intangible: handling pressure.
Lisicki is heading into her first championship match at a major while Bartoli hasn't appeared in one since getting handled with relative ease by Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2007.
So when the players walk onto the big stage on Saturday, dealing with their emotions will be crucial. The player who is able to settle in quicker will be at a distinct advantage early in the match. It's always easier said than done, of course.
The other point of interest will be Bartoli going up against tougher competition. To this point, her most dangerous opponents have been Sloane Stephens, who's still going through the maturation process at Grand Slam events, and Flipkens.
On the flip side, Lisicki has already faced six rounds of tough foes. It started with a dominant performance over veteran Francesca Schiavone and the run to the final ended by taking down Radwanska. In the middle was an enormous upset of Williams.
While their roads to the championship match have clearly been different, the only thing that matters now is whether Bartoli can elevate her game. There are no asterisks based on the difficulty of the road to a title.
The players have met four times before, including twice at the All-England Club. Bartoli won the inaugural meeting in 2008 at Wimbledon, Lisicki exacted some grass-court revenge two years ago and the pair hasn't met since. In the middle were two clay-court matches won by the German.
Given the length of time between matches, those past results won't have much bearing on the outcome. If anything, they will provide a minor boost of confidence to Lisicki.
Once the match gets started and the butterflies fade away, the championship will be decided by which player is able to dictate the pace of play.
Both players have reached the final thanks to an aggressive approach, which has been especially important for Bartoli. When she's struggled in recent years, it's often been because she becomes too reliant on her strong defensive game and stops attacking.
As shown throughout the tournament, she's at her best when striking the ball early—especially when returning serve and keeping constant pressure on her opponent. When she backs off, the advantage shifts in a significant way.
It won't be easy for her to take control with a big hitter like Lisicki on the other side of the net. In her upset of Williams, she actually registered 10 more winners than the top overall seed. That shows how good she can be when at the top of her game.
The other key for Lisicki is maintaining a high level of play. She went through too many peaks and valleys against Radwanska and was lucky the No. 4 seed couldn't capitalize.
Bartoli is the type of player who can capitalize on that weakness, as shown in her win over Flipkens.
All told, these players are evenly matched and should put on a good championship show. The ultimate edge goes to Lisicki given the difficult road she's already survived and her ability to put Bartoli on the defensive.
Lisicki in three sets.
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