[Update 10:37 a.m] Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated Russian Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 in the Wimbledon women's singles championship, the final point coming on a thundering ace that froze Sharapova where she stood. Kvitova is only the third left-handed woman to win the championship in the open era, which started in 1968; one of the others was fellow Czech Martina Navratilova.
[Update 9:51 a.m.] Petra Kvitova won the first set of the Wimbledon best-of-three women's final, 6-3 over Maria Sharapova. Sharapova had four double-faults in the set.
[Original post 9:31 a.m.] No. 5 seed Maria Sharapova is playing No. 8 Petra Kvitova Saturday in the women's final at Wimbledon, a matchup heralded by NBC analyst Mary Carillo as the epitome of "Big Babe Tennis."
The 6-foot-2-inch Russian and the 6-foot Czech are prime examples of the "grip it and rip it" power game that thrills former champion Martina Navratilova, SI.com's Bruce Jenkins writes.
Sharapova won the title in 2004, when she was just 17; this is 21-year-old left-hander Kvitova's first appearance in a Grand Slam final. The match began at 9 a.m. ET.Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal will contest the men's final on Sunday after both secured four-set semifinal victories Friday.
Djokovic, of Serbia, beat France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and will take over from Nadal as world number one, whatever the outcome Sunday.
Nadal came back after losing the first set to score a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory over British hope Andy Murray.
Nadal looked ready to surrender his service in the second set before Murray missed an easy forehand winner. That signaled a turning point as the Spaniard won the next seven games to take a stranglehold on the contest he never relinquished.