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Women's Tennis: 5 Greatest Wimbledon Finals of all-time

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Day Twelve: The Championships - Wimbledon 2017
Day Twelve: The Championships - Wimbledon 2017

The 'Venus Rose Water Dish' awarded to the winner of the Women's Singles Championships at the All England Club has been the most coveted trophy in Women's tennis since 1884 - the year the tournament was first held for Women.

The Ladies Singles Final has always preceded the Men's Singles Final and is contested on the second Saturday of the tournament. Center Court has been witness to the finals matches played since inception.

The Final of the Championships draws some celebrity spectators and even members of the Royal Family of Great Britain. The Venus Rose Water Dish is presented to the winner by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent and this has been the norm for quite a few years.

Winning the Championships is an everlasting memory for the champions - Marion Bartoli who won the title in 2013 and famously retired after that spoke of how she relived her victory at Centre Court frequently and even sleeps with the replica of the Rosewater Dish by her side.

The right to lift the trophy has on many occasions lead to some terrific matches in the final and we focus on 5 of the greatest Wimbledon Women's Singles matches of all-time.

#1 Steffi Graf vs Gabriella Sabbatini (1991)

Steffi Graf after winning the 1991 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship
Steffi Graf after winning the 1991 Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship

The 1991 Wimbledon final pitted top-seed and World #1 Steffi Graf battle it out against Argentine 2nd seed Gabriella Sabbatini. Neither Graf nor Sabbatini had dropped a single set en-route to their finals match-up.

The two athletes split the first two sets. Sabbatini had opportunities to serve out the match on 2 occasions in the deciding set but nerves got the better off her as she squandered her chances. The resilient Steffi Graf won her 3rd Wimbledon Championships by winning the contest 6-4, 3-6, 8-6.

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