[QODLink]
Tennis

Bartoli wins maiden Wimbledon title

Frenchwoman Bartoli, seeded 15th, beats her German opponent Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-4 to claim prestigious tennis title.

Last Modified: 06 Jul 2013 15:05
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki's booming serve never functioned smoothly [AFP]

Marion Bartoli has won her maiden Wimbledon title after beating Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-4 on a sun-drenched Centre Court in London.

Frenchwoman Bartoli, seeded 15th, took full advantage of a desperately nervous performance by her German opponent who knocked out defending champion Serena Williams in the fourth round.

Lisicki, the 23rd seed, broke Bartoli's serve in the opening game of the match but the Frenchwoman hit straight back and took advantage of 14 unforced errors by the German to secure the opening set in 31 minutes.

Lisicki's booming serve never functioned smoothly and Bartoli kept the ball away from her dangerous forehand to move within one set of her first grand slam title.

Lisicki left the court to try to compose herself and held serve in the opening game of the second set, but she wasted four break points in Bartoli's first service game and the Frenchwoman pounced to break for a 2-1 lead.

Struggling to hold back tears, Lisicki dropped her serve again to trail 4-1 and Bartoli had three match points at 5-1.

The German bravely saved them, however, and suddenly found her form, breaking Bartoli to trail 3-5 and holding serve comfortably to raise hopes of an unlikely comeback.

But the 28-year-old Bartoli regrouped and held serve to love, sealing her first grand slam title on her fourth match point with her sixth ace.

229

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps will be released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.