LONDON: Marion Bartoli romped to her first Grand Slam title as the French 15th seed thrashed Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.
Bartoli, 28, is the fifth oldest woman to become a first-time Grand Slam winner in the Open Era.
Six years after losing to Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final, Bartoli returned to Centre Court and finally ended her long wait for a major crown with a supreme display of power hitting.
She took just 81 minutes to rout 23rd seed Lisicki, who broke down in tears as the match slipped away in the second set.
By finally winning her maiden major title in the 47th Grand Slam appearance of her career, Bartoli surpassed the previous record set by Jana Novotna, who won Wimbledon in 1998 after 45 appearances at the majors.
Bartoli didn’t drop a single set in her seven matches and is the first Frenchwoman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Amelie Mauresmo at Wimbledon in 2006.
Bartoli was broken in the first game, but Lisicki then surrendered her own serve in error-strewn fashion.
Lisicki, 23, was a shadow of the bold stroke-maker who stunned defending champion Serena Williams in the fourth round.
But Bartoli had shaken off her early anxiety and took advantage of
Lisicki’s nerves to break again for a 3-1 lead.
Lisicki had every reason to hang her head as she trudged off court to gather her thoughts during a bathroom break before the start of the second set.
The German finally held serve for the first time in the match when she returned to start the second set.
She then mounted her only serious threat to Bartoli’s dominance, earning four break points in the second game, only to see the Frenchwoman come up with a series of blistering winners.
Bartoli had scented Lisicki’s discomfort and landed the decisive blow with a break to move 2-1 ahead.
Lisicki’s beaming smile and all-action style had made her the darling of the Centre Court crowd this year, but this was a miserable end to her fairytale run and she was in tears when she served at 3-1 down.
Bartoli showed no mercy, breaking again as she took a 5-1 lead.
With the title within touching distance, tension crept into Bartoli’s game and Lisicki was able to prolong the battle longer than expected.
But Bartoli eventually settled back down and sealed the biggest win of her life with an ace before climbing into stands to share a joyous embrace with Mauresmo and her father. (AFP)
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