Marion Bartoli was magnificent for two weeks at the All England Club in London on her way to winning the 2013 Wimbledon title.
As noted by ESPN's Chris Fowler, Bartoli didn't drop a single set throughout the tournament:
Congrats to Marion Bartoli! From 1st round on Ct14 to 14 straight sets and a #wimbledon title impossible to foresee. Solid, focused today— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) July 6, 2013
She closed out the Ladies' Final with an easy looking win over Sabine Lisicki—the same woman who defeated the mighty Serena Williams—in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, securing the biggest victory in her professional career.
For two weeks, Bartoli was flawless.
That said, her performance should be treasured because it would be foolish to expect Bartoli to carry her dominant play over into the 2013 U.S. Open.
Level of Competition at Wimbledon
Not to take anything away from her title, but this year's Wimbledon Championships proved to be one of the strangest in recent memory. Many of the top players went down early due to shocking upsets or injury, which made Bartoli's road to the final much easier than it could have been.
Fifth-seeded Sara Errani went down in the first round, third-seeded Maria Sharapova went down in the second round, as did second-seeded Victoria Azarenka, and top-seeded Serena Williams was ousted in the third round.
Bartoli's Wimbledon title means ______ as it relates to the 2013 U.S. Open.
Throughout the tournament, the highest-seeded player Bartoli faced was Sloane Stephens (No. 17) in the quarterfinals. She did what many could not do—winning matches she was supposed to win—but Bartoli's victory won't go down in history as one we'll remember for its "wow" factor.
Bartoli's Career at the U.S. Open
Throughout her career, Bartoli has been a player who has been highly competitive but who has never been able to consistently play at a high level. Before winning this year's Wimbledon, she'd gotten to a Grand Slam final just once before—the 2007 Wimbledon Championships.
She isn't a particularly effective hard-court player, as her strengths don't translate well to the faster surface. In her 11 previous appearances at the U.S. Open, Bartoli hasn't come close to winning a title.
Her best showing came last year when she reached the quarterfinals, only to lose in three sets to Sharapova. Before that, Bartoli had been ousted before the fourth round eight out of 10 times.
Winning the title at Wimbledon was a huge career milestone for Bartoli, and nobody can ever take it away from her. That said, judging by her past experiences at the U.S. Open, fans would be wise to temper expectations.
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