Wimbledon 2014: Day 12 Schedule, Matchups Predictions for London Bracket

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03:  Eugenie Bouchard of Canada plays a return during her Ladies' Singles semi-final match against Simona Halep of Romania on day ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club  on July 3, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Following two dominant semifinal performances Thursday, the ladies will take center stage at Wimbledon one more time to determine a champion.

The main event of the day will be Petra Kvitova, who is going for her second title in four years at the All England Club, taking on Eugenie Bouchard, who is looking to make history as the first Canadian to win tennis' biggest tournament. 

Even though the ladies' matchup will get most of the headlines, it's not the only event going on at Wimbledon on Saturday. There are matches across various divisions lined up for the final Saturday at the All England Club. 

We've got you covered with a look at all the matchups, predictions and analysis on the ladies' final. 


2014 Wimbledon Day 12 Schedule
DivisionMatchupStart Time (ET)WatchPrediction
Ladies' Singles FinalPetra Kvitova vs. Eugenie Bouchard9 a.m.ESPNBouchard in three sets
Gentlemen's Doubles FinalBob Bryan & Mike Bryan vs. Vasek Pospisil & Jack Sock9 a.m.ESPN3.comBryan & Bryan in two sets
Ladies' Doubles FinalSara Errani & Roberta Vinci vs. Timea Babos & Kristina Mladenovic9 a.m.ESPN3.comErrani & Vinci in two sets
Mixed Doubles SemifinalsMax Mirnyi & Hao-Ching Chan vs. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureschi8 a.m.ESPN3.comMirnyi & Chan in three sets
Mixed Doubles SemifinalsNenad Zimonjic & Samantha Stosur vs. Aisam Qureshi & Vera Dushevina8 a.m.ESPN3.comZimonjic & Stosur in three sets
Boys' Doubles SemifinalsStefan Kozlov & Andrey Rublev vs. Petros Chrysochos6:30 a.m.ESPN3.comKozlov & Rublev in two sets
Boys' Doubles SemifinalsOrlando Luz & Marcelo Zormann vs. Naoki Nakagawa & Tim Van Rijthoven6:30 a.m.ESPN3.comLuz & Zormann in two sets
Girls' Doubles SemifinalsTami Grende & Qiu Yu Ye vs. Usue Maitane Arconada6:30 a.m.ESPN3.comGrende & Yu Ye in three sets
Girls' Doubles SemifinalsMarie Bouzkova & Dalma Galfi vs. Priscilla Hon & Jil Belen Teichmann6:30 a.m.ESPN3.comHon & Teichmann in two sets
Wheelchair Gentlemen's Doubles SemifinalStephane Houdet & Shingo Kunieda vs. Tom Egberink & Gordon Reid6:30 a.m.ESPN3.comEgberink & Reid in two sets
Wheelchair Gentlemen's Doubles SemifinalFrederic Cattaneo & Joachim Gerard vs. Maikel Scheffers & Ronald Vink6:30 a.m.ESPN3.comCattaneo & Gerard in two sets
Wheelchair Ladies' Doubles FinalYui Kamiji & Jordanne Whiley vs. Jiske Griffioen & Aniek Van Koot6:30 a.m.ESPN3.comKamiji & Whiley in two sets

Note: Bracket will be updated as matchups become official

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03:  Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates match point and winning her Ladies' Singles semi-final match against Simona Halep of Romania on day ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet
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If you would have said before the tournament started that Kvitova and Bouchard would be battling for a championship, more than a few eyebrows would be raised. 

Kvitova has excelled at Wimbledon in the past, winning here in 2011, but she's played uninspired tennis in 2014. The 24-year-old doesn't have a singles title this year, and she was knocked out in the first round at the Australian Open and in the third round at the French Open. 

Even during this event, Kvitova hasn't played flawless. She was nearly upended by Venus Williams in the third round after losing the first set and trailing 4-5 in the second before escaping. She's been rolling ever since, winning eight consecutive sets. 

On the other side, Bouchard is in uncharted, but not unexpected, territory. The 20-year-old has been steadily building toward something big for a long time. She made it to the semifinals at the Australian Open and French Open.

Bouchard is riding a wave of momentum that will carry her to a title. It also helps that she's a bad matchup for Kvitova.

As noted by Chris Chase of USA Today, Bouchard is an aggressive player who brings the action to her opponent: 

She takes the ball early and create angles that force her opponents into playing defensively. Her serve is solid and her groundstrokes are precise. But the thing you hear about most often is her tenacity and fight, the intangibles that prove so important in a one-on-one battle such as tennis.

Kvitova has to rely on her huge serve to overwhelm opponents because she doesn't really have anything else. She leads all women at Wimbledon with 38 aces. During rallies, she tends to sit back, letting her opponent dictate the action, and has a long stroke that prevents her from moving around with ease. 

Bouchard has had the more difficult path to the final, defeating four ranked players in a row and two top-10 stars in Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep. Kvitova caught breaks along the way, playing no one ranked higher than 23rd before the final round. 

The stage is set for Bouchard to capture her first Grand Slam championship. She hasn't wilted under the pressure yet, so why start now?


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