2011 Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2011 Women's Final: Live Updates, Analysis for Sharapova vs. Kvitova

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns a shot during her Women's semifinal match against  Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Day Ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 30, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Alastair Grant/Pool/Getty Images)
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JA AllenSenior Writer IJuly 1, 2011

At 9 a.m. eastern time Saturday morning, the Wimbledon women’s final gets underway on Centre Court.

We will provide play-by-play starting shortly before the match begins between the No. 5 seed, Russian Maria Sharapova, and the No. 7 seed, Czech Petra Kvitova.

It promises to be a very exciting match.

NBC will provide television coverage, live—no tape delay this time.

This year the All England Club is celebrating 125 years of tennis excellence. The Championship was first held in 1877, but that event was only for the men.

The first women’s champion, Maud Watson, was crowned in 1884, seven years after the first men's champion had his name etched in the history books.

Both Sharapova and Kvitova are baseliners with big serves and powerful forehands. The outcome will depend on Sharapova’s ability to keep her first-serve percentage high. The Russian must serve well to have a chance to win her second Wimbledon title.

For Kvitova, who moves far better than the Russian and serves equally well, the ability of the Czech to hold her nerve will be paramount. If she allows doubt to creep into her game, Sharapova will pounce.

It is a big moment for both ladies. The will to win the match must go to Sharapova while the overall quality of play goes to Kvitova.

Stay tuned on Saturday morning for the play-by-play.

First set goes to Kvitova 6-3.

The second set also goes to Kvitova 6-4. 

Petra Kvitova wins in straight sets capturing her first grand slam championship and her first Wimbledon title.

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