Kvitova takes Wimbledon title
Petra Kvitova won the Wimbledon women's championship in straight sets Saturday.
July 2nd, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Kvitova takes Wimbledon title

[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.

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  1. Philip

    banasy? That's the longest post you ever made with a smile on your face, that i can readily recall. (just noticed that when you begin to boil, your spout kind of goes off more longer/how to turn flame down when no knob on burner control, sort of?)

    July 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Philip, you know that isn't true at all.
    I am one of the silliest people, IMHO.
    I am SO not a serious person 24/7...just when I have to be, although I don't *like* to be.
    I'm as politically incorrect as the next person....
    In a nice way, of course!

    July 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    What? Spout? This is a Polish nose, thank you!
    I don't know where you get that from.

    July 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    My wordy didn't post so, we all know how bubbly you are. Was just wanting to know how to turn bubbles into flames. That's all. (shrug)

    July 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    That was cute. Cleared the room too. lmao

    July 2, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Whatever, Philip.
    If you say so.

    Although I haven't the foggiest about what it is you're talking about.

    July 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
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