- The Washington Times - Friday, July 4, 2008


“If your children got into a fight with each other, could you stand to watch that? That’s the way I feel. … I’ll be on a plane; it’s too emotional for me.” — Richard Williams, explaining why he won’t stick around to watch Saturday’s Wimbledon singles final between daughters Serena and Venus.



This comes in two tasty flavors this weekend.

On Saturday, the women serve up a treat that hasn’t been tasted since 2003 — a Grand Slam final between Venus and Serena Williams live from the grass courts of Wimbledon. Serena holds an 8-7 career edge over her older sister and won the last two times they met at Wimbledon. Coverage starts at 9 a.m. on NBC.

The next morning, the official TWT crystal ball predicts Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be tangling again. That could all change, but here’s a Russian tennis wager that says it won’t. Regardless, it’s worth waking up early Sunday and tuning in to NBC again at 9 a.m. to see whether Federer wins a sixth consecutive title.

TOUR DE FRANCE But only because people, in theory, already will be awake Saturday morning to watch Wimbledon. This is something to click over to during the commercials. The Dope Show kicks off with Stage 1, from Brest to Plumelec, at 8:30 a.m. on Versus.

SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL It’s a big battle for second place in the American League East and perhaps a wild-card berth as the Red Sox head to New York for the ESPN nightcap. Wait — aren’t the pace-setting Rays on TV somewhere?

TWT FIVE: Best Wimbledon Men

1. Pete Sampras — Right now, it’s not close; he has seven wins in seven finals appearances.

2. Roger Federer — Just a hunch: He will be No. 1 on this list in a few years.

3. Bjorn Borg — Hard to argue with five consecutive titles, followed by the 1981 loss to McEnroe.

4. Boris Becker — The German won it three times and played in seven finals.

5. Jimmy Connors Played in the final six times and won it twice. That’s good enough for fifth.



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