It’s a matchup few saw coming when the Wimbledon fortnight began, yet the 2013 women’s Wimbledon Final will feature veteran Marion Bartoli against grass court upset queen Sabine Lisicki on Centre Court Saturday.
Lisicki, who made headlines just four days ago by beating top-ranked Serena Williams in three sets, survived another grueling match against Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 9-7 to earn her first trip to a Grand Slam final.
Next up for the 23-year-old grass court specialist is Bartoli, who earned her second trip to a Wimbledon final with a dominating 6-1, 6-2 dusting of Belgian Kirsten Flipkens. Bartoli advanced to the 2007 final at the All England Club before falling short against Venus Williams.
While neither Lisicki nor Bartoli were expected to be here when the 2013 Wimbledon Championships began, both stand on the precipice of perhaps their best opportunity to win a Grand Slam title in their careers.
Certainly for Bartoli, who has had the unfortunate timing of playing in the era of the Williams sisters, it’s a monumental chance for glory perhaps thought out of reach for the 28-year-old, considering the talented women's field.
For Lisicki, it's a terrific opportunity to finally win a slam at Centre Court, the All England Club stadium she has played so well on during this championship.
In what has been one of the most strangest and unpredictable fortnights in recent Wimbledon memory, it’s the perfect final featuring a pair of players trying to reach unexpected and career-defining glory.