Wimbledon 2013: Marion Bartoli beats Sabine Lisicki to win title
France’s Marion Bartoli won her first Grand Slam title with a dominant 6-1 6-4 victory over Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final.
Bartoli, 28, won the first set in 30 minutes as Lisicki failed to cope in her first Grand Slam final.
Lisicki cut a fragile figure and was reduced to tears in the second set, helpless to prevent Bartoli from lifting the Venus Rosewater dish.
Bartoli ended with an ace, collapsing to the ground once victory was hers.
It was the final few had predicted and the inexperience of playing on such a grand stage perhaps explained the edgy opening.
The unconventional French number one surrendered the first game of the match but her rival followed suit, double faulting to restore parity at 1-1.
Bartoli, five years the senior and seeded nine places higher than the German, settled the quicker, securing the second of two break points in the fourth game for a 3-1 lead.
The 28-year-old had returned brilliantly throughout the Championships – making 81% of her returns prior to the final – and the 15th seed’s ploy of returning from inside the baseline was key to her success over a player known as ‘boom boom’ in Germany.
Lisicki’s powerful serve had been neutralised and the 24th seed double faulted again in the sixth game before directing a forehand long to gift Bartoli a 5-1 lead.
In 30 minutes, Bartoli has secured the opening set and the debutant seemed ill at ease on the turf where she had defeated top Serena Williams in the fourth round.
Lisicki had opportunities in the second game of the second set but Bartoli held firm.
Double faults blighted the German’s game, a third of the match gifting Bartoli three break points which the Frenchwoman took with an angry overhead at the net for a 3-1 lead.
In the fifth game, Lisicki dissolved into tears as another double fault presented her opponent with a break point.
The German regained her composure, saving the break but then dragged a backhand wide for a second break point and victory was soon within Bartoli’s sight when the German netted to fall 4-1 behind.
Lisicki saved two Championship points on her own serve and broke in the eighth game to haul Bartoli back to 5-4.
But Bartoli served out the match, concluding an impressive performance with an ace.
Marion Bartoli on winning Wimbledon: “Honestly I cannot believe it. When I was a little girl I dreamed of this moment for so long. I missed out in 1997, I know what it is like and I’m sure Sabine will be here one more time, no doubt about it.”