via press release:
Serena Can Complete Comeback with Wimbledon Title Live Saturday on ESPN
Radwanska in First Major Final; Serena Gunning for 14th Major but First in Two Years
When ESPN televises live the Wimbledon Ladies Championship on Saturday, July 7, at 9 a.m. ET, either a tennis legend will further elevate her legacy, or an emerging star will win her first Major and will become the top-ranked woman in the world.
Serena Williams, the No. 6 seed, will be vying for her 14th Major title and fifth at Wimbledon, but her first since Wimbledon two years ago. Since then, a series of health issues derailed her career. On the other side of the net, No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska is playing in her first Major final but will be the top-ranked player in the world with a win. She is the first Pole to play for the Wimbledon Championship since Jadwiga Jedrzejowska in 1937.
The Ladies’ Championships – as well as the Gentlemen’s Championship on Sunday, July 8 – will be preceded at 8 a.m. by the one-hour Breakfast at Wimbledon, hosted by Hannah Storm. ABC will reair the finals on the day they take place, July 7 and 8, at 3 p.m.
All the action on ESPN is also available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. ESPN 3D will televise both Championships live.
Chris Evert on the Matchup, and Serena
“The Championship is Serena’s to win or lose. She controls every point with her power, be it her serve or her return. It will be interesting to see Radwanska’s game plan. She can’t try to overpower Serena. She will have to mix it up and get Serena off her rhythm.
“Since Serena has been back, look at her results in Majors. She was understandably rusty here last year, got tight in the US Open final, and had bad losses in Australia and Paris. But it’s a different Serena we see now. We haven’t seen Serena play as well as she has these last two matches since before she hurt her foot. She has great power and movement and the confidence she needs to go with that.”
ESPN and Wimbledon
The new schedule for ESPN’s 10th Wimbledon – exclusive and all-live – is the result of a 12-year agreement between ESPN and the All England Lawn Tennis Club announced just after the conclusion of the 2011 Championships. The remaining schedule:
|Sat, July 7||8 a.m. – 9 a.m.||Breakfast at Wimbledon||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|9 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Ladies’ Championship
No. 3 Radwanska vs. No. 6 Williams
|ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3||Live|
|3 – 6 p.m.||Ladies’ Championship||ABC||Tape|
|Sun, July 8||8 a.m. – 9 a.m.||Breakfast at Wimbledon||ESPN / ESPN3||Live|
|9 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Championship||ESPN / ESPN3D / ESPN3||Live|
|3 – 6 p.m.||Gentlemen’s Championship||ABC||Tape|