WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013 — Update: Wimbledon Women’s Final score: Marion Bartoli of France handily puts away an often rattled Sabine Lisicki of Germany, 6-1, 6-4.
Saturday’s Women’s Final at Wimbledon will be historic on two counts: This is the first time that finalists will be looking to take their first Grand Slam title, and the Wimbledon top prize money increased by 39% this year, making the 2013 purse the biggest in the history of professional tennis.
Facing off in Centre Court will be France’s Marion Bartoli, 28 years old and seeded 15, against Germany’s Sabine Lisicki, 23 years old and seeded 23. As of this writing, Bartoli is favored to win by the oddsmakers, but this year’s Wimbledon has been wild and wacky so don’t count on it.
Bartoli is the favorite because of the way she handily dispatched Belgian’s Kristen Flipkens (20) 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour, getting in five aces to Flipkins none. However, Bartoli has also had an inconsistent past year as coaches changed and she coped with injuries and health problems. Until yesterday, she had not made it into a single tournament’s semifinal.
On the other hand, Lisicki is the woman who did the unthinkable, sinking the chances of the presumed winner of this year’s Wimbledon, American Serena Williams in the Quarterfinals.
Then in the Semifinal, after falling behind in the second set, she roared back in the third set, defeating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded No. 4, taking the match 6-4, 2-6, 9-7. She got in nine aces to Radwanska’s one.
Lisicki is the first German to make it to the Finals at Wimbledon since the heyday of Steffi Graf in 1999.
Each winner of the Women’s and Men’s Wimbledon Finals will take home $2,437,600 with the losers of those matches collecting $1,218,800. Even winners of the early rounds will walk away with million dollar plus purses. The entire singles event will pay out a total $13,083,818. Definitely not chump change.
The Women’s Final is Saturday and the Men’s Final is Sunday. First the men have get through today’s Semifinal.
TO WATCH LIVE:
Saturday, July 6 — Women’s Final: 9 a.m. — 3 p.m. ET — ESPN
3 p.m. — 6 p.m. ET — Encore — ABC
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