Women’s Wimbledon Final: Big Match Preview

July 12, 2019

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It’s practically a year to the day since Kieran Tripper whipped a ball over a Croatian wall to put England 1-0 up after a couple of minutes in a World Cup semi-final.

Sadly, the rest of that story didn’t quite go to plan, but 12 months later and the sporting gods have aligned again to give us another weekend of sport to remember here in the UK.

As well as England reaching the final of the Cricket World Cup at Lord’s, Silverstone will play host to the British F1 Grand Prix and of course, SW19 is the venue for the finals of Wimbledon.

With the men’s finalists not decided until Friday evening, we’ve had a look at the women’s final, where two of the best female players of this generation will meet on Centre Court.

Why Serena Will Win

Like Snopp Dogg once sang “You’ll see Venus and Serena, in the Wimbledon Arena”, the famous Williams sisters are just as much the fabric of SW19 as the strawberries and cream.

Without them, the tournament will lack that extra little bit of appeal that seems to be so badly lacking in the women’s game these days.

Between Venus and Serena, there has been at least one of the Williams sisters in the Wimbledon final in 15 of the 19 finals since 2000. Serena will make that 16 this Sunday.

On the court, she’s become an honorary Brit for the fortnight after partnering with Sir Andy Murray in the mixed doubles and if her iconic status wasn’t already enough, that might just win her a few more fans on Centre Court this Saturday.

Her route to the final has seen her drop just two sets, and she absolutely blitzed through Barbora Strýcová 6-1, 6-2 in the semi-finals on Thursday.

As far as head-to-head’s go with Halep, Williams leads that 9-1, including a victory at Wimbledon back in 2011. That goes a long way to suggesting why Serena is 13/10 with Unibet to win in straight sets on Saturday

Why Halep Will Win

Simona Halep has been banging on the door of Wimbledon for some time. Its no fluke that’s she reached the final here.

As a former number one, she already has a French Open in the bag and also made the final of the Australia Open in 2018. Simply put, she’s a player that is feared on the women’s tour.

She first rose to prominence in 2014, when a quarter-final in Australia was followed by a visit to the French Open final and then the semi-finals at the All-England Club.

In the past fortnight, she’s dropped just one set at Wimbledon, and much like Serena, easily came through her semi-final, beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.

Of course, she has that poor H2H record against Serena hanging over her, but she can at least take some confidence from her one victory over Serena in 2014.

That was a 6-0, 6-2 hammering, which apparently still gives Serena nightmares to this day. If ever that was to be repeated, it could be this weekend.

Doubts have been cast over Serena’s fitness, and extra doubles matches, certainly gives Halep this edge in that respect. Simona is also playing the best she has ever played at Wimbledon, and might just cause a shock at 13/8 to win the match with 888Sport.

Author: Luke

As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.

Twitter @lukeparky2

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