Wimbledon Women’s Final: Live Report

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jul 7, 2012 in Rat News | Subscribe

1336 GMT: *Radwanska 0-5 Williams

Williams holds again and is really upping the pace with some rasping groundstrokes.

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1332 GMT: Radwanska 0-4 *Williams

Oh dear – Williams breaks again and looks well on her way to winning this first set.

A bit on Radwanska’s background – she comes from the southern Polish city of Krakow and, more intriguingly, had two pet rats when she was younger, called Flippy and Floppy.

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1329 GMT: *Radwanska 0-3 Williams

Radwanska takes Williams to deuce but the No. 6 seed manages to hold serve. A great attempted get in that game from the Pole following a Serena smash, though it dropped just wide…

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1322 GMT: Radwanska 0-2 *Williams

A long game lasting over eight minutes but Williams eventually breaks after several deuces. Ominous signs from the American already, firing winners both forehand and backhand winners.

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1313 GMT: *Radwanska 0-1 Williams

Williams is straight into her stride and notches up an easy hold.

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1305 GMT: The players got to the net with the umpire for the coin toss, which is performed by 13-year-old Archie Barker who was born with a clubfoot.

The teenager is representing children?s medical charity Sparks, raising awareness of the disability which stops people from being able to place the sole of their foot flat on the ground.

Williams won the toss and will serve first.

1259 GMT: The players are greeted by a burst of applause as they walk out onto Centre Court, Radwanska and Williams both carrying large bouquets of purple and lilac flowers.

1252 GMT: By way of contrast, this is Radwanska’s first grand slam final while it’s Serena’s 18th, and her seventh in the green and pleasant surroundings of SW19.

1245 GMT: Radwanska insisted yesterday that she would be fit to face Serena Williams despite suffering a health scare which caused her to cancel a scheduled news conference.

After pulling out of her pre-final interview session, the 23-year-old No. 3 seed confirmed she was fighting an upper respiratory problem and had been struggling to talk.

Radwanska – the first Polish Grand Slam finalist for 73 years – had also cut short her media duties on Thursday after beating Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 in her semi-final.

The 2005 Wimbledon junior champion was so badly troubled by a cough during the 10-minute session that she had to call a premature halt to proceedings.

WELCOME TO AFP’S LIVE REPORT on the Wimbledon women’s final between Polish No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and American four-time champion Serena Williams.

The match is due to start on Centre Court at 14:00 BST (1300 GMT).

The rain showers that fell in south-west London this morning have eased and, with the immediate forecast for a dry spell, the match is expected start with the retractable roof withdrawn.


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