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  • Bank Of The West Classic Withdrawal

    Marion Bartoli Wimbledon Final Taped right hamstring visible throughout the tournament

    Citing ongoing hamstring injury, Marion Bartoli has withdrawn from next weeks Bank Of The West Classic in Stanford California. Twice runner up, and champion at the California event in 2009, the tournament traditionally opens the summer hard court season ahead of the final grand slam of the year, the US Open.

    "During Wimbledon, I developed a strain in my hamstring which has not healed over the past two weeks," she explains, "I have been receiving therapy and was optimistic that I would be able to participate. It is one of my favorite tournaments on the circuit. Unfortunately, the injury has not completely healed and I will be unable to participate."

    The new Wimbledon Champion has also pulled out of the following weeks Mercury Insurance Classic in Carlsbad southern California, where she was finalist last year.

    In sum, Marion retained 440 ranking points from these two tournaments, which will now be deducted from her total. With a massive 2,000 points from her exploits in London however, the world number 7 can absorb the impact, in order to be in best shape for the US Open at the end of August.

    Next Tournament Marion is due to play: ROGERS CUP - Toronto - August 5 2013

    WTA RANKINGS15 JULY 2013
    Previous Rank Current Rank Player Country Date of Birth Points Tournaments
    [1] 1 Williams, Serena United States 26 Sep 1981 11650 16
    [2] 2 Sharapova, Maria Russia 19 Apr 1987 9235 16
    [3] 3 Azarenka, Victoria Belarus 31 Jul 1989 8825 17
    [4] 4 Radwanska, Agnieszka Poland 06 Mar 1989 5965 20
    [5] 5 Li, Na China 26 Feb 1982 5555 20
    [6] 6 Errani, Sara Italy 29 Apr 1987 5100 23
    [7] 7 Bartoli, Marion France 02 Oct 1984 4625 23
    [8] 8 Kvitova, Petra Czech Republic 08 Mar 1990 4435 23
    [9] 9 Kerber, Angelique Germany 18 Jan 1988 3970 21
    [10] 10 Wozniacki, Caroline Denmark 11 Jul 1990 3660 26
  • A Digest Of Marion Bartoli's Wimbledon Triumph

    "For a tennis player, you start to play like at five or six years old. When you decide to turn pro, your dream is to win a Grand Slam. You dream about it every single day. You think about it every single day. So when it happen, when it actually happen, you felt like, you know, you achieve something that you dream about for maybe millions of hours. You went through pain, you went through tears, you went through low moments, and actually it happened, once it happened. Those five, ten seconds before you shake the hands of your opponent, you felt like you're almost not walking any more on earth. You're really flying.


    The Wheel Of Karma Turns

    Put out of action for over a year, I am happy to announce the resumption of news and updates on Marion Bartoli Fan Blog..... And what a time to be getting back into the swing of things!! Marion Bartoli Wimbledon Champion 2013!!

    Yours truly had a little flutter on 'Queen Marion' at 33-1 for the title - the kitty is looking a little healthier now... Usually I come back from Wimbledon, happy, but skint. But as I wasn't in a position to make it down to SW19 this year, I put the token equivalent to ground admission on her to win Wimbledon - emboldened by the belief that a good draw and 'Manic Monday' was leaving the way clear for Marion to emerge as a title contender.

    In truth Marion should always be considered a title contender at any grass court tournament. Wimbledon finalist in 2007, quarter finalist in 2011, and a champion and consistent finisher at Eastbourne over many years. The real question was would she would be able to perform to her best after a turbulent year and patchy results.

    One can't underline how dramatic the changes have been for Marion in the 14 months since this site was last active - Parting company amicably with her dad as coach, road-testing several new coaches including former Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna and Frenchman Gerard Bremond, before hooking up with Thomas Drouet former sparring partner of Bernard Tomic, and maintaining the 'big tournament' coaching collaboration with Amelie Mauresmo, together with the services of fitness staff from the Federation.

    After 22 years with dad Walter as sole technical support, the French number 1 has adapted very well to the new set up, made easier by the fact that she has known Drouet since childhood, and also because the ethos of the new team is preparation on court, and fun off court. Drouet says his role is part counseling and part tennis. He says he has no intent to change or impose any new technique on Marion - simply optimize the distinctive strengths of her game as is. Dad Walter has given the 30 year old from Monaco his blessing, saying Drouet has made good technical decisions since beginning work with Marion, and that they have the right chemistry for success.

    That feel-good factor filtered through to Marion's performance on court. It was sheer joy to see the grand old dual-fisted duchess of the tour back to her bellicose best. Intimidating a bevvy of promising but less experienced girls with her hakka-like stance on return of serve. Showing that even when the double-fault count is a bit high for the purists, she can still nonetheless compensate with the best return of serve in women's tennis, able to break her opponents serve at will. Players had no answer for the fact that they were up against an adversary with two first serves. On occasion, volleying with the kind of confidence that brought back memories of her Wimbledon win over Justine Henin six years earlier. Marion says she took encouragement from Billie Jean King's approval, when the flat-fists opted to put spin on a shot - Showing it's never too late to add a little something to an already successful package.

    Sports Illustrated's John Wertheim dismisses the equation that simply because Marion never had to face a Serena WillIams or Maria Sharapova throughout the fortnight, this qualifies her accomplishment at Wimbledon in any way. The fact is you can only beat what's in front of you, besides.. she knocked Serena out of Wimbledon in 2011, and is one of only six players in the open era to win a grand slam without dropping a set. You can't do better than perfect.

    As ever. no one really fancied Marion for the title. I heard one of the American commentators put the emphasis squarely on Sloane Stephens in the quarter final tie. Kirsten Flipkens caused a stir with her defeat of Wimbledon champion Petra Kivitova, and twitter was just a tide of Sabine-adoration ahead of the final with the bubbly German. But when push came to shove, Marion looked a more experienced.. not just player, but human being. She's been through the ringer this last wee while - and the wheel of karma has turned. Her victory is very well deserved. A good story not just for tennis, but for sport as a whole. Someone told me there was a lot of doubting Thomas' about her future around Roland Garros, but John Wertheim reminded readers, "She has exemplified perseverancein the face of doubts, during her 13-year career."

    So many times she and her father were told there was no room at the inn, for them. But this victory shows that even in the baseline power era of the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova, there is still room for difference and diversity in style of play, and in a professional players approach towards the sport as a business. That you can still be yourself, be of regular size (or intellect, or background), and accomplish goals. That with honest commitment and hard work.... .. . . it's not fairytales or glossy branding to believe that it is possible to achieve our goals, our dreams.

    Together with Andy Murray becoming the first male British winner in 77 years, breaking the Federer-Nadal duopoly - sending a positive message to the downtrodden clans north of the border ..... The circumstances of both the Bartoli and Murray win restore something of the moral to the concept of victory: Inspirational stories that can have a lasting legacy.

    More specifically for females, Marion's win allows all of us, not just some of us, to understand that we too have a place in sport, can have active lifestyles, regardless of how others perceive us or try dictate an commercialized ideal in order to sell us stuff. Describing herself as "the anti-star par excellence", Marion is a role model real women can relate to, one who has always remained true to her own unscripted heart, no matter what anyone says. An artist rather than a materialist. The Bartoli victory shows women It doesn't matter about your height, or having a stick thin waistline,- we all can do something, and be the better healthier and happier for it. Where an individual can overcome unbending authority and pursue goals. Everyone can take something from these two outstanding champions, and feel better about the world.

    This Wimbledon was one for those who like meaningful music. Congratulations to both Marion, and Andy.

    PS. Gutted I wasn't at the final, but felt great pride she earned the right to participate in such a historic weekend, enormous pride seeing her mingle with Andy and mum Judy. Fantastic. Unbelievable.. A Scotsman winning Wimbledon, and my Wimbledon 2007 hero from the heart of Corsica, back for an encore. Amazing. Who scripted this... God?

    Alice Cochrane

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    Marion Bartoli and Andy Murray, winners of the biggest title in tennis

    The stat table below, as well as the buttons, general appearance and the pages of the blog, are in the process of being restored. So disregard for now.

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  • Marion Bartoli - Wimbledon Champion - Post Match Press Conference Transcript

    WIMBLEDON

    July 6, 2013

    Marion Bartoli

    LONDON, ENGLAND

    M. BARTOLI/S. Lisicki
    6‑1, 6‑4

    THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

    Q. How did the experience of having been in the final here six years affect today?

    MARION BARTOLI: Well, I think after the match, of course I can say it really helped me to being out there before. But I really felt I was playing probably my best match of the championship. I was doing everything well. I was moving well. I was returning well. I mean, I really played a wonderful match. So it's really amazing to win Wimbledon. And also playing well, as well, it's just unbelievable, honestly.


    Q. How do you not get past the quarters in any tournament this year and win Wimbledon?

    MARION BARTOLI: Well, that's me. I don't know (laughter).
    Honestly, I didn't think that way. I was just trying to play well every single matches, every time I was on the court. I was just, you know, trying to enjoy myself when I was having some off days. I was having some time off with my team. Even this morning I think a lot of people could hear us laughing. It was normally today where I was supposed to play the Wimbledon final, and really felt not like that. I think it will also make it even more enjoyable because I had so much fun throughout this whole championship. The whole two weeks have just been perfect.


    Q. Were you surprised how Sabine handled the occasion?

    MARION BARTOLI: Honestly, I didn't think too much about how Sabine was doing. I was just trying to focus on my own game and try to remain calm, even if I had this 5‑1 lead in the second set and 15‑40 and couldn't close it out. Then Sabine start to play very well and come back at 5‑4. I just really thought I had to hold my serve one more time. But just to finish on an ace to win Wimbledon and you saw the chalk come out of the line. Just, I mean, I could have seen it in slow motion. I could see the ball landing, the chalk come out, it's an ace, and I just win Wimbledon. You can't describe that kind of feeling. You cannot put any words what I feel in this moment. I can't believe I won Wimbledon this year. We'll have to see the pictures, to see the match again on DVD to kind of starting to realize it.


    Q. Everyone in the future when they talk about you are going to say, Wimbledon champion, Marion Bartoli. How much do you think it will change your life?

    MARION BARTOLI: It will not change me as a person because I will always remain the same: very humble, very low‑key and easygoing, down‑to‑earth. But just hearing 'Wimbledon champion,' that kind of sounds good to me (smiling). You know, has been my dream. I wanted that so badly. I felt the achievement of my career was to win a Grand Slam. Every time I was just saying my goal was to win a Grand Slam. It was like, yeah, dare to dream. I kept dreaming. I kept my head up. I kept working hard, and it just happened.


    Q. I remember in January 2002 many people asked us to go on a court to watch a young girl.

    MARION BARTOLI: That was 11 years ago, God.


    Q. Returning the serve two meters back from the service line, and we thought you were crazy because nobody was doing that, trying to anticipate all the time. How many times you thought that your tactic, your strategy, all what you were doing, could look crazy, even if they weren't at the end? Your father was pushing you to do many different things than anybody else we have seen.

    MARION BARTOLI: Well, yeah, it's always been a part of my personality to be different. I think being just like the other one is kind of boring. I really embrace the fact of being a bit different and doing something that not everyone is absolutely doing. I actually love that part of my game, you know, being able to have something different. At the end of the day, when the spectators were looking at 10 matches they will remember this girl that was doing something different, playing inside the court or whatever. Even though today I was I think pretty smart to kind of back up a little bit to give me an extra maybe half a second or something to react to Sabine's serve. Sometimes you have to adapt also, as well. But I never felt like I wanted to be like all the other kid and do exactly the same everyone was doing.


    Q. Could you tell us about your father's influence on your tennis and maybe even outside the court, what it meant for you to climb up there and hug him today.

    MARION BARTOLI: Yeah, honestly it was an amazing feeling. I mean, I can't still realize I just won Wimbledon. I can't realize I'm a Wimbledon champion. It's just so overwhelming. You know, I don't know if you can really realize, but for a tennis player, you start to play like at five or six years old. When you decide to turn pro, your dream is to win a Grand Slam. You dream about it every single day. You think about it every single day. So when it happen, when it actually happen, you felt like, you know, you achieve something that you dream about for maybe million of hours. You went through pain, you went through tears, you went through low moments, and actually it happened, once it happened. Those five, ten seconds before you shake the hands of your opponent, you felt like you're almost not walking any more on earth. You're really flying. It's really hard to describe how it felt.
    So to share this moment with my dad, I was looking at him in the players' box. He was really cheering me on. He was on his phone for almost the whole match. I don't know what was happening, but he was really relaxed. That was the perfect day. It was sunny. It was beautiful. Centre Court Wimbledon, it was packed. I won in two sets. I didn't drop a set for the whole championship. Even in my perfect dream I couldn't have dreamed a perfect moment like that. That is beyond perfection.


    Q. You've been around for many, many years. The circuit is so challenging. So many setbacks, yet you've prevailed. Talk more about doing things your way. Is there a certain strength in that? Is it a challenge?

    MARION BARTOLI: Yeah, I'm a very tough person. I mean, I played the whole second set with probably a 25 cents blister under my big toe. I didn't call for the trainer, and when I took my sock off the sock was red of blood. I didn't call for the trainer the whole second set, even if I felt like I could barely walk at the end of the match. But I haven't shown anything. I'm this kind of person. I can focus and be really as strong as wood, you know. You cannot see what I'm going through. I think it's coming from my childhood, from where I practice when I was younger, from those very tough situation. I needed to handle going to school, normally practicing at 10:00 p.m., finishing at midnight, going back to school the next day. Those kind hard moments makes me extremely strong when I'm on the tennis court. I'm not the same kind of person outside, but every time I'm stepping on a tennis court I remember those very hard moments. I could remember it today when I was playing on the court, and That carried me on a long way.


    Q. You've had experts on television demolishing the way you serve the ball. You were also booed by the crowd on Court 1 when you wanted a rain delay. Does it give you extra pride to think you're a little bit different and you've done it as someone who is a little bit different? Does it make it extra special for you that you're different from the rest?

    MARION BARTOLI: Well, I felt I received a tremendous amount of support today. When I was on the court, you could see people clapping me the end of the match. I think you can feel all the respect.


    Q. Generally you're not afraid to state your opinions. You're not afraid of what it might do to your popularity. If you want to stop for rain, you're not afraid to say it. Do you feel extra special that you've come through that and won it and you're a bit different?

    MARION BARTOLI: Well, I believe to be a Grand Slam champion you have to be a bit different. You have to be strong in your mind and your opinion. I felt it was very slippery. I felt it was raining for five, ten minutes already. It was starting to get very dangerous. But at the end of the day, when I played that final, I didn't felt any kind of way the crowd was not respectful. I think they were extremely respectful for both players. Obviously with all the congratulate I received people were really enjoying my game and the way I played. I think I played a great match today. I think people will remember that, not what happened on the quarterfinal on Court 1.


    Q. You said the other day about hitting rock bottom, and that's going back to last summer when you missed the Olympics. Do those things make this even better?

    MARION BARTOLI: It's not about missing the Olympics. It was more about what happened off the court for me. This year it was extremely hard to take. And, yes, to have now this kind of moment, I mean, I really didn't expect it to happen so early, so quickly.
    But, it's funny. I was with the physio before the match, and they saw me when I was really hitting rock bottom. They saw me before the match. I was smiling and listening to music, singing through the locker room. That was not supposed to be the perfect routine before going to play the Wimbledon final. I was so happy, why not showing it? They tell me, I remember you in Miami, how you felt after the match when you got injured with Andrea Petkovic. It's so nice to see you like that no matter what happens in the final. But going through those hard moments makes this one even better.


    Q. I know on ESPN this week they asked you to complete the Fibonacci sequence.

    MARION BARTOLI: Here we go. Okay, I am ready for the challenge.


    Q. What does the Bartoli sequence look like? How much further do you think you can go for the rest of your career?

    MARION BARTOLI: I have absolutely no idea, but one is pretty good for me. Wimbledon champ, even if I don't get another one, I will still be very proud of it. But of course I'm going to try my hardest to get some more. Now that I get one, I definitely believe I can get more of them. I just want to enjoy this one because I haven't still realized I'm really the Wimbledon champion 2013. So it will take me some few days to realize it. Actually when I will do, I will maybe think about the US Open and getting a shot over there.


    Q. Do you feel, having had this long journey, maybe not fitting the mold Federations look for in young players, you can be a support for young girls?

    MARION BARTOLI: I received a lot of support from my Federation. Seeing my president in tears waiting at the end of the match means so much for me. The vice president was here as well. They both told me I was an inspiration for all the girls in the French Federation. I actually received a lot of texts from them telling me how proud they were of me, how much they want to look at me now and have the same kind of attitude. Even if I'm not maybe playing the same style of game, I think the attitude I'm carrying on the court, the mental strength and everything, it's maybe something they can look at.

    FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

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