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Jeff Cooper

Marion Bartoli Wins Wimbledon

By July 6, 2013

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Marion Bartoli defeated Sabine Liskicki 6-1, 6-4 to win the ladies' singles title at Wimbledon 2013 on Saturday.  Aside from six double faults, Bartoli was solid throughout, returning Lisicki's serves and groundstrokes early, hard, and at great angles, and thus giving Lisicki little time to react.  Lisicki was anything but solid, clearly overwhelmed, as she said in the interviews afterward, by the occasion.  Her placement and power on the serve were diminished, and her forehand, normally a major weapon, produced more than twice as many errors as winners.  Sabine had nothing near the form she had shown in defeating Serena Williams and Agneiszka Radwanska in the earler rounds;  Marion continued the outstanding form that took her through the entire championship without dropping a set.  It was great to see two such genuine and thoughtful players come through the tournament, and although the final was a huge disappointment for Sabine, at age 23 she has many more years to try to go one step better.


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