Wimbledon final featuring Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska a contrast of styles
WIMBLEDON, England -- In Saturday's Wimbledon women's final of contrasts, Serena Williams takes her big serve and grand history against the finesse and unfulfilled dreams of Agnieszka Radwanska.
Williams has set tournament records for aces as she tries for a fifth All England championship and 14th Grand Slam title. Radwanska, the first Pole in a Wimbledon final in 73 years (well before the Open Era), has kept opponents off balance as she kept moving toward a first major title.
Williams does it with power. "Of course, she's playing great tennis on grass," Radwanska said.
Radwanska does it with touch. "She has unbelievable hands," Williams said. "She's running every ball down -- every ball down."
At 30, Williams would be the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since the great Martina Navratilova did it at the same age here in 1990.
At 23, Radwanska, who in 2005 took the Wimbledon juniors, would be both the first for her country to win one of the four major championships and also move to No. 1 in the rankings. Radwanska canceled a news conference on Friday because of a respiratory illness, but is expected to be ready for the final.
In a way, just reaching the final is a triumph for Williams, who after winning the 2010 Wimbledon title endured a slashed foot, pulmonary embolism and hematoma, and was out of competition for months. She also made it to the final round of the last year's U.S. Open, losing to Samantha Stosur.
"I feel like just getting here and doing well is pretty cool," Williams said.
After her Wimbledon high of 24 aces in the semifinal against Victoria Azarenka, which gave Williams 85 for the tournament, she said, "The older I get the better I serve, I feel, and the more -- not I rely on it, but the more I like to hit aces. It's not like I go home and work on baskets of serves. Maybe it's just a natural shot for me."