Marion Bartoli Defeats Sabine Lisicki, Wins Wimbledon
Marion Bartoli won the 2013 Wimbledon women’s championship, defeating Sabine Lisicki, in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, on Saturday, at the All England Club, in London, England.
For the 28-year old Bartoli, it’s her first major title, her first tournament win since 2011, and the fourth in her career.
The native of Le Puy-en-Velay, France, who lost in the 2007 Wimbledon women’s final, to Serena Williams, set a new record by winning her first Grand Slam in the 47th attempt. At 28 years, 9 months, she is the fifth oldest first-time winner in the Open Era.
Bartoli, the 15th-seed, dropped the first game of the match to Lisicki, the 23rd-seed, in a service game, before winning six-straight games, to take the opening set, 6-1.
The second set began the same way, with Bartoli winning the first five games, taking a 5-1 advantage, before the 23-year old Lisicki, playing in her first major final, rallied, closing to within 5-4, before Bartoli closed things out, winning the match on an ace, and securing the championship.
Bartoli, who did not lose a set in the tournament, won the match in one hour, 21 minutes.
Bartoli won 79% of her first serves, hit 15 winners, and broke serve five times in the match, going 5-for-13 on service break points.
Lisicki, who was hurt by 25 unforced errors, won 52% of her first-service points, and finished 2-of-8 on service break points.
Bartoli picks up a check of $2.4 million for winning the event, while Lisicki earns $1.2 million.