Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship on ESPN: Venus Goes for Sixth Wimbledon Title vs. Powerful Muguruza


Wimbledon Ladies’ Championship on ESPN: Venus Goes for Sixth Wimbledon Title vs. Powerful Muguruza

  • Williams: Oldest Major Finalist since 1994; Seeks Eighth Major but First since 2008
  • Muguruza: 2016 French Open Winner in Second Wimbledon Final
  • “Wimbledon Surround” 3-Screen Option on ESPN3 and the ESPN App
  • Gentlemen’s, Ladies’ Doubles Championship Live on ESPN
  • Ladies’ Singles Championship Encore on ABC at 3 p.m. ET
  • Sunday’s Gentlemen’s Championship: 3 Roger Federer vs. No. 7 Marin Cilic

ESPN’s exclusive coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon continues with the Ladies’ Championship on Saturday, July 15, and a battle across generational lines:  No. 10 seed Venus Williams vs. No. 14 Garbiñe Muguruza on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 a.m. ET.  The match will also be aired on ABC at 3 p.m.  All the action, plus all the other televised courts, are available all day starting as early as 6 a.m. on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN App.  Chris Fowler will call the match with Chrissie Evert.

  • Venus Williams: 37, 6’1”, in her 20th Wimbledon (first:  1997) having won five times in addition to two US Open crowns, is in her ninth Wimbledon final.  She would be the oldest Major winner on the women’s side in the Open Era (current record is age 35, her sister Serena at this year’s Australian Open).  She was ranked No. 1 in the world three separate times in 2002, totaling 11 weeks.
  • Garbiñe Muguruza: 23, 6’0”, winner of the 2016 French Open and reached the Wimbledon final in 2015.  Is 14-4 at Wimbledon and 47-14 at Majors.  She was ranked as high as No. 2 (June 2016).  In reaching the final, she has only lost 39 games in her six matches.

Match Notes

  • Williams leads the head to head 3-1…this is their first meeting at a Major and first on grass…Williams won their only encounter in a final, at Wuhan in 2015… while Muguruza triumphed in their most recent clash, this year in Rome.

Breakfast at Wimbledon at 8 a.m.

The championship match will be preceded by Breakfast at Wimbledon at 8 a.m., hosted by Tom Rinaldi.  The show will include:

  • a feature looking at Venus Williams’ surprising return to the top echelon of the sport,
  • an interview with Billie Jean King by Chris McKendry and Chrissie Evert where they discuss the evolution of the prominence of the women’s game and her role in that,
  • and a look ahead to Sunday’s Gentlemen’s Championship with a focus on the history-making exploits of Roger Federer.

“Wimbledon Surround” on ESPN3

ESPN3 – online and streaming live on the ESPN App – offers an additional feed – “Wimbledon Surround” – for the semifinals and championships.  It has three boxes – the primary TV view, plus two more, each focusing on one player.

Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Doubles Championships Saturday

Following the Ladies’ Championships, ESPN will present the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Doubles Championships:

Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship:

No. 4 Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) vs. No. 16 Oliver Marach (AUT) / Mate Pavic (CRO)

Ladies’ Doubles Championship:

No. 2 Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) / Elena Vesnina (RUS) vs. No. 9 Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Monica Niculescu (ROU)

Gentlemen’s Championship Saturday

Sunday’s Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Championship will begin at 9 a.m., preceded by Breakfast at Wimbledon at 8 a.m.  The matchup:

  • 3 Roger Federer: 35, 6’1”, shares the record of seven Wimbledon titles among his record 18 Major championships (18-10 record in Major finals).  Is the oldest man in a Major final since Ken Rosewall who was 39 at Wimbledon in 1974.  He holds the record with a total of 302 weeks ranked No. 1.
  • 7 Marin Cilic: 28, 6’6”, 2014 US Open Champion (beating Federer in the semifinal 6-3, 6-4, 6-4).  Best previous Wimbledon result:  QFs 2014-16.  Currently ranked No. 6 in world, equaling his career best.


Date Time (ET) Event Network(s)  
Sat, July 15 –

Sun, July 16

6 a.m. All TV Courts, all day;

The Wimbledon Channel (from AELTC)

ESPN3 Live
Sat, July 15 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ladies’ Championship


Gentlemen’s Doubles Championship

Ladies’ Doubles Championship

ESPN / ESPN Deportes




  3 – 6 p.m. Ladies’ Championship ABC Encore
Sun, July 16 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Breakfast at Wimbledon ESPN Live
  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship


Mixed Doubles Championship

ESPN / ESPN Deportes



  3 – 6 p.m. Gentlemen’s Championship ABC Encore




Dave Nagle

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