A first-time Wimbledon champion could be crowned in the 2014 women's final.
On Saturday, July 5, Petra Kvitova will take on Eugenie Bouchard for the title. Kvitova isn't new to All England Club finals. She won Wimbledon in 2011 by the score 6-3, 6-4 over Maria Sharapova.
Bouchard is new. This is only the second time the 20-year-old has participated in the tournament. And in her first appearance, she was eliminated in the third round.
Here's how to watch these two face off on Day 12.
|Day 12 Wimbledon 2014 Schedule|
|No. 6 Petra Kvitova vs. No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard||9 a.m.||ESPN|
While few expected Bouchard to battle her way to the Wimbledon final, her doing so isn't shocking. She entered tied for the sixth highest odds to win the tournament at 16-1, according to Odds Shark—only behind Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Kvitova, Li Na and Simona Halep. Bouchard managed to avoid all of them minus Halep, who she defeated 7-6, 6-2 in the semifinals, and Kvitova.
Bouchard demanded respect prior to Wimbledon with semifinal appearances in the 2014 Australian Open and French Open. And she's lived up to and exceeded expectations this week. But while she hasn't lost a set in the tournament, she still enters an underdog to Kvitova.
Kvitova's lone lost set was to five-time Wimbledon singles champ Venus Williams, which is nothing to hang her head over. Wimbledon has become Kvitova's best Grand Slam, having reached at least the quarterfinals every year since 2010. Her success is rooted in the grass, according to ESPN.com's Greg Garber.
"I just probably feel the grass," said Kvitova. "I just know that it suits me well and I can really play my best tennis on that."
Kvitova also beat Bouchard the one time the two played each other, edging her 6-3, 6-2 at the 2013 Rogers Cup. Of course, it's clear Bouchard has improved since then. The question is whether or not she's improved enough to defeat Kvitova in the final.
Kvitova sure isn't taking Bouchard lightly (h/t ESPN):
"[Bouchard] really seems that she is confident in her game right now," said Kvitova. "She's moving very well. She's playing aggressively from nearby the baseline. I think she's confident right now."
Even if Bouchard loses to the favorite on Saturday, she's proving that it isn't a matter of if, but when she earns her first Grand Slam title.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.
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