Wimbledon 2011: Williams Sisters, Navratilova, Memorable Women's Singles Finals

Carrie DunnAnalyst IIJuly 1, 2011

Wimbledon 2011: Williams Sisters, Navratilova, Memorable Women's Singles Finals

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    Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova will duke it out on Centre Court tomorrow afternoon for the women's title at Wimbledon.

    So what better time to look at some of the most memorable women's finals in history?

    As always, let me know in the comments what I've missed, and share your own memories there too.

Wimbledon 2011: Maria Sharapova vs Serena Williams, 2004

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    Serena Williams was in her third successive Wimbledon final and looking to defend her title again.

    Then up popped 17-year-old Maria Sharapova to take her apart in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4—the first non-American woman to win in SW19 since Jana Novotna in 1998.

Wimbledon 2011: Amelie Mauresmo vs Justine Henin, 2006

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    And again, there'd been at least one American in the women's singles final every year since that 1998 match.

    Until 2006, when Amelie Mauresmo of France faced Belgium's Justine Henin. Mauresmo got all kinds of nasty press coverage, but she didn't let it faze her and won out 2–6, 6–3, 6–4.

Wimbledon 2011: Venus Williams vs Lindsay Davenport, 2005

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    This was a finely balanced final, with a second-set tiebreak and the final set going to the wire.

    Williams took her third title 4–6, 7–6, 9–7, leaving Davenport (the 1999 champion) runner-up again.

Wimbledon 2011: Steffi Graf vs Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 1996

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    Time to pay tribute to some of the best women champions at Wimbledon ever.

    First up, Steffi Graf, who won seven times in nine years from 1988 to 1996.

    This was her final victory, 6-3, 7-5 over Spain's Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. She made one more final appearance, finishing runner-up to Lindsay Davenport in 1999.

Wimbledon 2011: Martina Navratilova vs Zina Garrison, 1990

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    And before Steffi Graf's dominance, there was Martina Navratilova, who ruled Wimbledon in the 1980s.

    She's a nine-time champion and won in six consecutive years from 1982 to 1987. This, again, was her final win, over compatriot Zina Garrison, 6-4, 6-1.

Wimbledon 2011: Martina Hingis vs Jana Novotna, 1997

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    Martina Hingis was a tennis prodigy, and when she beat Jana Novotna 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, big things were expected of her.

    She was just 16 years old when she won the title (having won the women's doubles with Helena Sukova in 1996 and become the youngest-ever slam champion), and over the next three years, she picked up slam wins in Australia and the US as well.

    Then a series of injuries and off-court incidents led to her retirement in 2007.

Wimbledon 2011: Serena Williams vs Venus Williams, 2002

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    The sisters finally faced off in 2002, with the younger one triumphing 7-6, 6-3.

    They got a rematch the year after, with Serena winning again, this time 4–6, 6–4, 6–2.

Wimbledon 2011: Venus Williams vs Serena Williams, 2008

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    Venus finally schooled her little sister in 2008, 7–5, 6–4.

    She'd won twice in the previous two years, though, beating Lindsay Davenport in 2005 and Marion Bartoli in 2007.

Wimbledon 2011: Looking Forward to Tomorrow's Final

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    So Maria Sharapova is in her second Wimbledon final, and Petra Kvitova is in her first.

    Tomorrow should be an exciting match. I'm tipping Sharapova to win. What do you think?