After decisive victories in the semifinal round of Wimbledon, Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska will face off in the women's singles final on Saturday, July 7.
The match will mark Williams's seventh Wimbledon final and Radwanska's first. Williams is attempting to win her fifth Wimbledon title, a feat that would tie her sister Venus for the third most women's Wimbledon championships of the Open Era. Radwanska, who has never made it past the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam event, is attempting to win her first major tournament.
The broadcast of the women's final will begin coverage at 9:00AM eastern time on ESPN, with live streaming on ESPN3, ESPN's online streaming service. In addition to ESPN.com, ESPN3 can be accessed via free app on the iPhone or iPad.
For those viewing the tournament from the UK, the BBC will be broadcasting the match starting at 2:30PM, with BBC HD offering the match in 3D.
The final can also be viewed on Wimbledon's website.
After a rocky start to her 2012 season that included a fourth round exit in an Australian Open performance affected by an injury and a shocking first round defeat at the French Open, many began to question if Williams had lost her confidence during the time she spent battling health complications in 2010 and 2011.
Williams has not won a Grand Slam championship since the 2010 Wimbledon, and 2011 marked the first year she had not won a Grand Slam since 2006. Williams seems to have put all doubts to rest with her dominant performance in her semifinal win over Victoria Azarenka, in which she broke her own Wimbledon record with 24 aces in a single match.
Only 23 years old, Agnieszka Radwanska is one of the most promising young competitors in tennis, currently ranked third in the world. She has never before even competed in a Grand Slam semifinal, losing in the quarterfinals five times, including twice at Wimbledon. Polish tennis great Wojtek Fibak has compared her to a young Martina Hingis for her understanding of the "geometry of the court," which should offer an interesting pairing with Williams' forceful play from the baseline.
Williams and Radwanska have met twice before—both Williams' victories—most recently in the quarterfinals of 2008 Wimbledon tournament, where Williams defeated Radwanska 6-4, 6-0. Radwanska was only 19 at the time, and since then has proven herself capable of beating many of the sport's most elite players, including Venus Williams at this year's French Open and Maria Sharapova at this year's Sony Ericsson Open.
Whether we see Serena Williams match her sister as one of the very best to ever play at the All England Club or Agnieszka Radwanska win her first ever Grand Slam tournament, the 2012 Wimbledon women's final promises to be a memorable match.
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