Marion Bartoli said her Wimbledon women’s final would be a battle of nerves. She dominated that battle, and then she won the match. Bartoli, the 28-year-old from France, captured her first Grand Slam championship Saturday, 6-1, 6-4, over Sabine Lisicki.
There are so many ways to count how long Bartoli had waited for this moment. She was competing in her 47th Grand Slam event, the most of any champion before winning her first title.
She reached her first Grand Slam final here six years ago, but did not reach another one until Saturday. She had not won a tournament of any kind since 2011.
Bartoli counted all the way back to when she was 6, and she was taught the game by her father, Walter, who was her coach until earlier this year.
“Holding this trophy has been my dream since I was 6 years old,” Bartoli said, clutching the Venus Rosewater Dish during a post-match interview with the BBC.
The No. 15 seed, Bartoli is the first player to win the Wimbledon title without beating a top-10 seed and only the third player seeded outside the top 10 to win Wimbledon in the open era.
She also is the first woman to win Wimbledon playing two-handed on both sides. Not even the player after whom she was modeled, Monica Seles, was a winner here.
Lisicki, the 23-year-old No. 23 seed from Germany, was in her first Grand Slam final, and it seemed both players were nervous at the start. Bartoli double faulted to give Lisicki a break in the first game, but Lisicki gave it right back.
She double faulted on break point, too, with a terrible toss, which plagued her throughout the match. New York Times