In an interview Marion Bartoli sited the funniest moment in her career, which really made me laugh. In Miami quarterfinals, the first time Bartoli played against Serena Williams, the Frenchwoman was almost lobbed by her opponent’s first second serve: "And she serves a second serve, she almost lobbed me. She put so much kick she almost lobbed me! I was running backwards to play the ball. It was so funny, I was so embarrassed." Read more »
World No. 11 Marion Bartoli lost her first chance to prove that she is not just a one-hit wonder. The Frenchwoman was beaten in her first match since the Wimbledon final.
Bartoli left the court in tears after a 7-5 4-6 3-6 loss to American Lilia Osterloh at the Bank of the West Classic. The 22-year-old said that her body was too tired and had no energy due to busy past two months.
I still believe that Wimbledon final was not the last great achievement of Marion Bartoli. She possesses courage and determination to be admired. Don’t forget that she beat world No.1 Justine Henin and world No.3 Jelena Jankovic despite the pressure of playing at a Grand Slam! Remember what happened to Ivanovic in the same situation? In addition, Jankovic still hasn't beaten Henin.
In think that Bartoli deserves all the respect, and shouldn’t be underestimated. (via BBC)
Seed No.23 Venus Williams of the USA defeated seed No. 18 Marion Bartoli of France 6-4 6-1 in the final on Saturday. It was a decisive win for Venus, who should be congratulated on her amazing comeback. With this victory the 27-year-old American became the fourth four-time winner of Wimbledon in the open era, joining Billie-Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf.
Being ranked only 31st in the world Venus Williams defeated 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova on Thursday and French Open runner-up Ana Ivanovic on Friday. Read more »
In the Fed Cup semi-final Italy and France will face each other at Castellaneta Marina on July 14 and 15 (surface: clay – outdoors).
Corrado Barazzutti, captain of the defending champions Italy, chose Tathiana Garbin, Mara Santangelo, Francesca Schiavone and Roberta Vinci for the team. There will be no Flavia Pennetta since she lost to Marion Bartoli in the first round of Wimbledon.
On the other hand, Marion Bartoli won’t represent France in the Fed Cup since the captain Georges Goven turned down her request to be accompanied by her father and coach. French team consists of Amelie Mauresmo (who lost her Wimbledon crown falling to Nicole Vaidisova on Tuesday), Tatiana Golovin, Nathalie Dechy and Severine Bremond.
BTW: The Italians have had a worse Wimbledon in the singles than the Frenchwomen, with Santangelo losing to Mauresmo in the third round while Vinci, Garbin and Schiavone were all dumped out in the second round. (source: Reuters)
One of the favorites for the title, third seed Jelena Jankovic, failed to progress to the quarterfinals falling to 18th seed Marion Bartoli 6-3 5-7 3-6.
Jankovic has been the form player of 2007 but faltered in the final set, dropping serve three times. Desperate, she even screamed: “Could I play any worse?!”
After the match Bartoli said: "I think at the end I was a little physically stronger than her, she didn't know really what tactic to play against me out there." Read more »