A wide-open draw ended with a convincing victory as Marion Bartoli played the best tennis of her life to capture the Wimbledon title on Saturday.
The No. 15 seed thoroughly dominated the ladies' final on Saturday at the All England Club, defeating No. 23 seed Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4. After Bartoli dropped her first service game then broke right back, the match was never in doubt.
With so many upsets in the draw, Bartoli didn't lose a set in the tournament, but never faced a higher-seeded player than herself.
The victory marks Bartoli's first-ever Grand Slam championship after a tumultuous year in which she split from her father as coach, eventually signing on with Amelie Mauresmo. The relationship between father and daughter has been acrimonious, but all was forgiven on Saturday. Marion's father was in the box to watch his daughter be awarded the Venus Rosewater Dish at Centre Court.
Bartoli was in control from start to finish, wavering only slightly in the second set after being unable to convert three championship points at 5-1. She served out the match in strong fashion to add her name to the legend of Wimbledon champs.
Marion Bartoli defeats Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in 81 minutes to win the Wimbledon ladies' championship.
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