· Top-Seeded Williams Seeks Fourth Straight Major, Leg #3 of Calendar Grand Slam, Sixth Wimbledon, 21st Major Title
· No. 20 Seed in First Major Final Defeated Williams 6-2 6-2 in 2014 French Open
· Breakfast at Wimbledon at 8 a.m. ET – Interview with Williams’ Coach, Williams Dominance Analyzed
· “ESPN3 Surround” Feed with Three-Box Screen to Watch Players Individually
ESPN’s exclusive coverage of Wimbledon continues with the Ladies’ Championship and a battle of generations with a list of historic milestones on the line for No. 1 Serena Williams when she faces vs. No. 20 Garbine Muguruza – a 21-year old, 6-footer from Spain – on Saturday, July 11, at 9 a.m. ET.
The two have played three times, with Muguruza shocking the all-time great 6-2 6-2 in the second round of the 2014 French Open. The pairing presents a long list of contrasts:
- The 33-year old American Williams is considered by many the greatest female player ever, powered by the universally acclaimed best serve in history. She has won 20 Major championships, including the last three – a win tomorrow would secure her second “Serena Slam” (she won four straight 2002-03) and the third leg of a rare calendar year Grand Slam. She is 20-4 in Major finals, including 5-2 at Wimbledon (where she also won Olympic Gold in 2012).
- The 21-year old Muguruza of Spain has caught the eye of many in the tennis community in the last 18 months as a potential star, rising from a ranking of 64 at the end of 2013. After defeating Williams in the 2014 French Open, she reached the Quarterfinals, falling to Maria Sharapova, the eventual champion. This year, the six-footer lost in the Round of 16 at the Australian Open (losing to Williams in three sets) and in the Quarterfinals of the French Open.
Breakfast at Wimbledon starts the day at 8 a.m. with host Hannah Storm. Highlights:
- Tom Rinaldi contributes a feature that addresses the question “Is Serena Williams the most dominant athlete of all time, male or female?”
- Pam Shriver will interview Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou who has had such a positive influence working with her.
- Jason Goodall analyzes how Garbine Muguruza can shock the world and defeat Williams.
- A complete recap of today’s Gentlemen’s Semifinals, with a look ahead to a final Sunday rematch, No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 2 Roger Federer in their 40t meeting all time.
- Live reports from around the grounds from Tom Rinaldi and LZ Granderson.
“ESPN3 Surround” will provide a separate feed with three boxes – the primary TV view, plus two more, each focusing on one player.
ABC will present three-hour encore presentation of the Ladies’ Championships at 3 p.m., and the Gentlemen’s Championship a day later at the same time.
ESPN3 will also provide coverage of: the Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship, Ladies’ Doubles Championship, Girls’ Singles Championship, Mixed Doubles Semifinals, Boys’ and Girls’ Doubles Semifinals, Invitation Doubles and Wheelchair Doubles.
ESPN & WIMBLEDON 2015
|Sat, July 11 – Sun, July 12||6:30 a.m.||All TV Courts, all day; Live@WimbledonGentlemen’s Doubles ChampionshipLadies’ Doubles Championship
Girls’ Singles Championship
Mixed Doubles Semifinals
Boys’ and Girls’ Doubles Semifinals
|Sat, July 11||8 a.m. – 9 a.m.||Breakfast at Wimbledon||ESPN||Live|
|9 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Ladies’ ChampionshipNo. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 20 Garbine Muguruza||ESPN||Live|
|3 – 6 p.m.||Ladies’ ChampionshipNo. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 20 Garbine Muguruza||ABC||Encore|
|Sun, July 12||8 a.m. – 9 a.m.||Breakfast at Wimbledon||ESPN||Live|
|9 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Gentlemen’s ChampionshipNo. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 2 Roger Federer||ESPN||Live|
|3 – 6 p.m.||Gentlemen’s ChampionshipNo. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 2 Roger Federer||ABC||Encore|