Scared Bartoli Overcomes Venus Williams for WTA Stanford Title
by Jeremy Davis | August 2nd, 2009, 6:03 pm
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No. 2 seed Venus Williams’ groundstrokes abandoned her on Sunday in an error-filled 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 loss to No. 8 seed Marion Bartoli in the final of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.


In the quarterfinals Venus defeating a doubles-faulting Maria Sharapova in straight sets, and in the semis blitzed No. 3 seed Elena Dementieva 6-0, 6-1.

Bartoli in the semis stopped the hot-handed Sam Stosur, who earlier in the week upset Serena Williams, by the scoreline of 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.

Bartoli failed to close out the match against Venus serving at 5-4 in the second, but in the same position in the third set the nervous Frenchwoman came back from 0-30 down to close out the match against the elder Williams sister.

“It was so tough physically in the match I was leading 6-2, 5-3 but in the third set I regrouped,” Bartoli said on court after the match. “I was really upset at the end of the second set and I gave her a chance and she came back…I just tried to focus toward the end and stay positive.”

Williams had 12 double faults, won only 35% of her second serve points, and converted on four of 12 break point opportunities. Her serve was broken six times during the match.

Venus did not utilize the WTA Tour on-court coaching rule, while Bartoli brought her father on court between sets.

“I was so scared to beat Venus, it is huge mentally to beat her,” Bartoli said. “I needed some help to calm me down and remind me of the basics.”

Bartoli lost in last year’s Stanford final to Canadian qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak.


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15 Comments for Scared Bartoli Overcomes Venus Williams for WTA Stanford Title

scineram Says:

Good win.

This on-court nonsense is pathetic. It must be stopped as soon as possible.


sepherina allard Says:

focus venus focus!!!


Ty Says:

Jeez, she looked unbeatable in the quarters-semis… so bizarre.


Kimo Says:

The WTA is in shambles. Too much up-and-down moments for its so called “star” players.

On-court coaching is a disgrace.


grendel Says:

What on court nonsense, Scineram? Just curious.


MMT Says:

On court coaching.


grendel Says:

But why is it nonsense? A bit like boxers getting coaching in between the rounds. What’s wrong with that? If it looks funny that’s because we’re not used to it. I daresay the oldtimers talk about this sitting down on chairs nonsense.


Veno Says:

OH PLEASE, ON COURT COACHING for a tennis match? WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!

Hardly to compare with boxing Grendel. Imo that’s a full contact sport and because of getting punched and extra tired some coaching feels more appropriate to have the coach keep in contact with the boxer….


Kimmi Says:

If women tennis likes on coach coaching then I think they should spread it out everywhere. At the moment it is only present in WTA tour tournaments but except GS. I think somebody like Safina has been hurt with this system, she has depended on her coach a lot and then failed miserably when playing a tough match in GS.

And Grendel, Yes.. it looks very funny.


Kimmi Says:

on coach = on court


tenisbebe Says:

Well, the women on the WTA voted for on-courting coaching in non-GS events, yes? So they are just using the tool they agreed to have available to them. I for one am not in favor of it there are many well bating the drum to make it available on both tours at all levels – let’s hope not. As for not having it available to Safina at the GS negatively affecting her results, I’m not so sure of that unless she’s a masochist – I saw several tournament finals where her coach berated her nonstop during the sets breaks, basically calling her an idiot.


tenisbebe Says:

Oops – should read “I for one am not in favor of it but there are many beating the drum”

Great win for Bartoli by the way – (what happed ed to Venus?). Her service motion and quirks irritate me but you can’t deny the power and disguise on the both 2-handed sides.


tenisbebe Says:

Oops – should read “I for one am not in favor of it but there are many beating the drum”

Great win for Bartoli by the way – (what happened to Venus?). Her service motion and quirks irritate me but you can’t deny the power and disguise on the both 2-handed sides.


Kimmi Says:

tenisbebe, I was sooooo mad for Venus, how many DF..12 ? Pathetic. But yes Bartoli played so well, she was more consistent and aggressive..I think she will be back in top 10 soon.

I saw on the other thread that you will be at cincy for WTA tourney, well well..enjoy. I saw somewhere that cincy have been upgraded, is it true ? maybe you will get to see a lot of top players..and kim clijsters will be making her debut there. Enjoy.


tenisbebe Says:

Kimmi – sorry, I am all over the place today due to these horrific storms in Louisville. No cable but internet, so not all bad. Didn’t see either of the final matches Sunday as I was traveling but was amazed Venus lost to Bartoli given how well she played in the QF, SF.

Re Cinci WTA: yes, it has been upgraded from a Tier 3 to a Tier 1 as of this year which means instead of having primarily 40th best and below you get this: Safina, Wms, Wms, Dementieva, Kuznetsova, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Clisters, Hantuchova, Azarenka, Wozniacki, Petrova, Bartoli, Radwanska, Wozniak, etc. Big difference from last year when the top seed was Anna Chakvetadze (currently 30th) who behaved very petulantly during the tournament – a queen bee. So although I am not a fan of the WTA, this year there should be some enjoyable matchups.

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