Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Greatest Wimbledon Finals - Ladies

Greatest Wimbledon Finals - Ladies

Wimbledon is home to one of sport’s most iconic competitions, and has served up some impressive memories over the years.

The women’s game has produced some fantastic players, with Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Venus and Serena Williams just some of the names that have made the Wimbledon Ladies singles such a competitive and exciting spectacle.

But when finals day arrives, it takes a great player to lift the coveted ‘Venus Rosewater Dish’.

Here are some of the greatest finals the Ladies Championship has ever seen.

Virginia Wade v Betty Stove-1977

Although it’s 76 years since Fred Perry won the championship, it isn’t the last time Britain had a singles champion.

The UK’s last singles success came in the Jubilee year of 1977, when Virginia Wade beat the 7 th seed Betty Stove 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

It could’ve been an all-England final, that’s if the Dutch Stove hadn’t beaten 4 th seed, and future Television star Sue Barker in the semis.

This was Wade’s 16th attempt at Wimbledon and fell on the 100th anniversary of the Championships.

Margaret Court v Billie Jean King-1970

At the time, Court and King were the stars of the game.

Going into the tournament, the American King had five Grand Slams to her name, whereas her Australian counterpart had eighteen (including nine consecutive Australian Opens). It literally was a clash of the titans.

Although both players were nursing injuries going into the final, you wouldn’t have known, as they played with huge levels of intense passion and speed.

Winning the game 14-12, 11-9, Court claimed her last Wimbledon Championship, in a match that included the longest set in the history of the women’s singles game.

Venus Williams v Lindsay Davenport-2005

It had been four years since Williams had last won at Wimbledon, and after overcoming 2004’s champion Maria Sharapova in the semi-final, her confidence was high, but she had one more opponent to overcome, US hero, Lindsay Davenport

Davenport already had three Grand Slams to her name, including a Wimbledon win in 1999, so this was going to be no easy feat for Venus Williams.

Davenport took the first set and scuppered a match point leading 6-5 in the second, going on to lose that set 6-7.

With Davenport struggling with a back strain, Williams fought back and took the second set 7-6.

With the score at 8-7 in the final set, Davenport hit a return into the net to grant Venus Williams the victory.

Well that’s just some of the most gripping and enticing finals the ladies game at Wimbledon has offered us over the years. What does 2013 and beyond have in store

Bio: This article was provided by Wimbledon Debenture Holders, the boutique website, and home of Wimbledon tickets.

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