France’s Marion Bartoli Wins 2013 Wimbledon

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28-year old Marion Bartoli has won the 2013 Wimbledon tournament, beating crowd favorite Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-4 to claim the title.

Lisicki, who beat favourite Serena Williams in the fourth round of the tournament, seemed overcome with nerves and at one point in the second set she was in tears as she watched her dream of winning slip away.

By contrast Bartoli was thrilled to pull off a most unlikely victory after a torrid year in which she had failed to pass the third round of any tournament before arriving in SW19.

At the start of the match on a sun-baked afternoon, it looked as if it would be Bartoli, who had not won a major before today, that would throw away her chance at glory.Bartoli reached the final here in 2007, but she seemed over-awed by the occasion at the beginning.

Lisicki could not capitalise despite the big support she enjoyed from the crowd.

The German, who had become the darling of the tournament after beating Williams in the fourth round, allowed Bartoli to break her serve twice in a row after some wayward shots from the 23-year-old.

Lisicki lost her nerve again in the sixth game, double-faulting before sending a simple forehand long.

Bartoli was overcome after winning.”Honestly I just can’t believe it,” she said.

“As a little girl I dreamt about this moment for so long.

“I was there in 2007 and I missed out. I know how it feels Sabine, and I’m sure, believe me, you’ll be there one more time, I have no doubt about it.

Lisicki admitted she had been a long way short of her best and put that down to stage fright.

The 23rd seed said: “I think I was just overwhelmed by the whole situation. But credit to Marion. She’s been in that situation before and she handled it perfectly.

“She’s been on tour for so long and she deserves it. I hope I’ll get the chance one more time as well.”

Speaking to the crowd, Lisicki said: “I still love this tournament so much, I still love this court a lot and I love you guys.

“Today you helped me try to get over my nerves. I got them back but Marion was too good.”

She added: “I want to thank my entire team for being there for me.”

Crying by this stage, Lisicki said: “We’ve been through so much, through ups and downs and this was my first grand slam final.

“I wish I would have won it but I hope we get the chance one more time.”

Wana

Wana

Quo non Ascendam. Writer. E-mail: wana@360nobs.com

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