Marion Bartoli is still the reigning champion at Wimbledon and since she wasn't defending her title at all, having retired last year just 40 days after her big triumph at the grasscourt Grand Slam, I decided to make a little tribute to the French champion by sharing this super cute baby pic, as Little Tennis Stars is one of reader favorite sections at Women's Tennis Blog. You surely wouldn't recognize her, but this is just months old Marion in the caring arms of her dedicated father Walter. Bartoli shared the photo on Twitter on June 15 for Father's Day.
The 29-year-old Bartoli is enjoying her time away from tennis, not even thinking about return. The Frenchwoman is doing commentary for the BBC, designing jewelry and shoes, traveling and the fact that she can't even lift her arm in the morning is not allowing her to have any comeback thoughts.
Still, she's been enjoying these two weeks of Wimbledon, feeling the pride and honor of being engraved as a Wimbledon champion. Plus, some people are not even aware that she retired:
It was very funny, because people in France kind of don't know that I retired. They are like, 'Good luck for the French.' I'm like, 'I don't think I'm going to play this year.' It's the same here at Wimbledon. I was in the Village this morning. 'So how do you feel? 'Do you feel it's going to be hard to defend your title? 'Uhm, not really, because I'm not going to defend it.'
Ladies' singles final will take place on Saturday and will feature the 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who got past fellow Czech Lucie Safarova in the semis, and the fast-rising Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who reached the title match by eliminating the highest seed left in the draw, No.3 Simona Halep. Of course, we have their childhood material as well:
- Four-year-old future Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova practicing tennis shots
- When aspiring little Eugenie Bouchard met Billie Jean King
- Eugenie Bouchard as a little girl with friend Laura Robson
(quotes via WTA)