Nuggets & Numbers For Agnieszka Vs Serena
Published July 06, 2012 12:00
~ No Polish player, male or female, has ever won a Grand Slam title.
~ Radwanska is the first Polish player, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era (she was already the first to reach a semifinal).
~ Radwanska has many other firsts for Poland: first to win a WTA title (at Stockholm in 2007), first to reach Top 10 (in July 2008), first to beat a World No.1 (beating Wozniacki at Sydney this year) and first to cross $1 million in career prize money (and she now has more than $9 million).
~ Radwanska is trying to become the fifth woman to win Wimbledon having been a junior champion, having done it in 2005 (beating Paszek in the final); the first four to achieve the feat were Jones, Susman, Hingis and Mauresmo.
~ Radwanska will break the Top 2 after this, to No.2 if she loses the final and to No.1 if she wins the final (Azarenka will be the other one in the Top 2); Williams will move from No.6 to No.4 no matter what happens in the final.
~ Williams is playing her 18th Grand Slam final (she is 13-4 in her first 17).
~ Williams is 10-0 against Top 5 players over the last year (winning them all in straight sets - and only being pushed to two tie-breaks, both by Azarenka).
~ Williams is trying to become the first 30-something to win a Grand Slam title since 1990 Wimbledon (Navratilova, who was 33 at the time).
~ With 13, Williams is in fourth place for Grand Slam titles in the Open Era (Graf leads with 22, followed by Evert and Navratilova with 18).
~ Every time the Williams sisters play doubles at Wimbledon, one of them wins the singles title (they have played doubles here eight times before and have each won the singles title four of those times - good for Serena?)
~ This will be the seventh different Grand Slam champion in a row (Clijsters, Li, Kvitova, Stosur, Azarenka, Sharapova and Radwanska or Williams); the only time there have been seven or more different Grand Slam champions in a row came between the 1977 Australian Open and 1978 Wimbledon.