Wimbledon 2012 Women's Final: Start Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream and More
Serena Williams is set to face off against Agnieszka Radwanska in the 2012 Women’s Wimbledon Final. To reach the match, Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka, 6-3, 7-6 (6), and Radwanska beat Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 6-4. The final will feature one player knocking on the door of the tennis elite for the first time and another that got booted and is attempting to get back in.
Here is the start time, TV schedule, live stream and everything you need to know about Williams vs. Radwanska.
Date: Saturday, July 7th
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. ET
TV Coverage: ESPN
Live Stream: ESPN3
What They’re Saying
The Associated Press reported that Williams admitted she lost her focus after gaining an early lead against Azarenka, but Serena still managed to fight back. She said after the semifinal (via USA Today):
I've been working so hard, and I really, I really wanted it. I got a little tight in the second set. I couldn't relax. I was like, looking too far in the future and she came back. But I'm glad I was able to get through.
While Williams is a veteran looking to bolster her legacy, Radwanska is just soaking it all in. After earning a final berth, she said (via USA Today): “This is a dream from when I was kid. I'm playing tennis almost 18 years, and of course everybody's dream is to play the final of a Grand Slam.”
What Match Means for Williams
The 30-year-old has overcome improbable odds to reach her seventh Wimbledon final. She heroically fought through her recent physical ailments while laughing in the face of Father Time to get where she is today. Remember, this is the same Serena who was ousted in the first round of the 2012 French Open.
Williams hasn’t won a Grand Slam since 2010. That victory just happened to be in London. Her fifth Wimbledon title would signal a return to the top of the tennis world and prove that she’s still an elite talent.
A loss would be devastating. Being that a Grand Slam title has eluded her for so long, she may not get another final opportunity for a while, if ever. It would also symbolize a passing of the torch of sorts to the much younger Radwanska.
What Match Means for Radwanska
If Radwanska loses, she shouldn’t get discouraged. At 23 years old, she hasn’t even reached her prime and has plenty of years left to compete. And after all, it’s her first Grand Slam final appearance, so reaching the stage alone is a major accomplishment at this point in her career.
But don’t think for a second that Radwanska isn’t hungry. While Williams has a crater-like chip on her shoulder, the fact that Radwanska has been one of the best players in the world for years—she has been ranked around the top 10 since 2008—and has yet to win a title must be eating at her. She’s already the No. 3-ranked player, but a win would cement her at the top of the tennis world.
The experience that Radwanska would gain in triumph would also help her rack up Grand Slams for years to come.
Is the final Serena's to lose?
Williams wants it too much. Hollywood could make a movie about the adversity that she’s overcome to return to a Grand Slam final. Her past has fueled her comeback, and I wouldn’t bet against her.
Before Wimbledon began, picking Serena to string together a winning streak was the definition of a bold prediction, if not an insane one. Now, after battling all the way to the final, it’s equally bold and/or insane to pick against her.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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