Wimbledon Women’s Final Open Thread: Sabine Lisicki v Marion Bartoli
by Staff | July 6th, 2013, 8:01 am
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It’s a surprising final, Sabine Lisicki will meet Marion Bartoli for the 2013 Wimbledon title. Neither player have ever reached a Grand Slam title before so a new name will be etched in the history books.

WTA Notes:

The winner of 2013 Wimbledon will be a first time Grand Slam champion, the 42nd different woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open Era (and 18th Wimbledon). The last time there was a first-time Grand Slam champion was at 2012 Australian Open (Azarenka).

The winner will be the sixth different first-time Grand Slam title winner in the last 14 Slams: Schiavone (2010 Roland Garros), Li (2011 Roland Garros), Kvitova (2011 Wimbledon), Stosur (2011 US Open) and Azarenka (2012 Australian Open).

The only other time a No.23 seed has advanced to a Grand Slam final was 2007 Wimbledon: [23] Venus Williams defeated [18] Marion Bartoli 64 61.

For first time since 2007, a player ranked outside the Top 10 will win the title at Wimbledon (No.31 Venus Williams d. Bartoli in F).

In Open Era, Bartoli would be first woman to win Wimbledon without facing a Top 10 seeded opponent; S.Williams won 2010 Wimbledon without facing a Top 10 ranked opponent, however, Williams defeated No.12 ranked Li Na in QF (Li was the No.9 seed).

This will be the first title since 2011 for either Bartoli (2011 Osaka) or Lisicki (2011 Dallas). Both are former winners of British grass court events: Bartoli won 2011 Eastbourne while Lisicki won 2011 Birmingham.

Playing with Sam Stosur, Lisicki was runner-up in the doubles here in 2011 (l. Peschke/Srebotnik).

The Wimbledon final has been decided in three sets on 18 occasions. Last year’s final was the first 3-set Wimbledon final since 2006.

[23] SABINE LISICKI (GER #24) vs. [15] MARION BARTOLI (FRA #15)
Lisicki leads 3-1

Lisicki:
Contesting career-first Grand Slam singles final – was runner-up in doubles here w/Stosur in 2011 (l.
Peschke/Srebotnik).

First German to reach a Grand Slam final since Graf at 1999 Wimbledon (l. Davenport).

The last time a German woman won a Grand Slam was 1999 Roland Garros (Graf defeated Hingis in final).

Previous best Grand Slam singles result was SF at 2011 Wimbledon, as a wildcard (l. Sharapova).

Bartoli:
Playing in second career Grand Slam final (R-Up at 2007 Wimbledon); it is her first appearance in a final since 2012 Carlsbad (R-Up); her last title came at 2011 Osaka.

Bidding to become the sixth player in the Open Era to win the title at Wimbledon without dropping a set (has happened on nine occasions): Navratilova (1983, 1984, 1986, 1990), S.Williams (2002, 2010), V.Williams (2008), Davenport (1999) and Evert (1981).

In Open Era, would be first woman to win Wimbledon without facing a Top 10 seeded opponent; S.Williams won
2010 Wimbledon without facing a Top 10 ranked opponent, however, Williams defeated No.12 ranked Li Na in QF (Li was the No.9 seed).

Would be the first woman to win Wimbledon in the Open Era playing two-handed off both sides.

SATURDAY WIMBLEDONS SCHEDULE
Centre Court 2.00pm Start Time
1. Ladies’ Singles – Final
Sabine Lisicki (GER)[23] v. Marion Bartoli (FRA)[15]
2. Gentlemen’s Doubles – Final
Bob Bryan (USA)[1] v. Ivan Dodig (CRO)[12]
Mike Bryan (USA)[1] Marcelo Melo (BRA)[12]
3. Ladies’ Doubles – Final
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)[8] v. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)[12]
Shuai Peng (CHN)[8] Casey Dellacqua (AUS)[12]

BET AT HOME ODDS
Sabine Lisicki 1.45 v Marion Bartoli 2.50

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Sunny, high 83F

U.S. TELEVISION
ESPN will have live coverage of both the women’s and doubles finals on Saturday starting at 9am ET.


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Bartoli Beats Lisicki For First Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon
Lisicki Outlasts Radwanska, Will Meet Bartoli In Women’s Wimbledon Final
Flipkens Flips the Wimbledon Script; 1st-Time Winner Guaranteed
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59 Comments for Wimbledon Women’s Final Open Thread: Sabine Lisicki v Marion Bartoli

Okiegal Says:

Yesssss, men’s doubles being televised! Go Bryan Bros, win another slam!!!

C’mon Lisicki, hope you can do this. You are my pick. You have been playing amazing tennis. You go girl!!!


Kimberly Says:

Go Lisicki!!!!!


Wog boy Says:

Go Sabine, you can do it.


James Says:

Go Sabine!!!!!!!!!!!! Just do it!


Long Live The King Says:

I really hope this match will not be a blow-out like a lot of GS finals tend to be on the WTA side.

I have always admired the amount of mental strength it takes for a player like Bartoli, who is made fun of and criticized by everyone for the big crime of playing tennis in a style that suits her. I have utmost respect for her and her father and rate Bartoli’s 2 Wimbledon finals as quite an achievement.

I think Lisicki will overpower Bartoli, but Bartoli has a very good chance at winning this match. I will be supporting Bartoli, as a fellow James Bond and Pierce Brosnan fan.


Margot Says:

I think Lisicki will win, unless she beats herself. But would be happy for either.
In interview Bartoli comes over as absolutely delighful btw.


James Says:

I’ve told Sabine to give it her best, every serve, every shot, and make Marion run as much as possible. Hope she follows my simple game plan that’s based on her strengths and Marion’s weakness ;)


James Says:

@Margot, I like Marion too, just that since 2011 I’ve waited to see Sabine in a Slam final. I always thought she could win one. I’m so happy she’s made her first Slam final. I hope she wins it.


Margot Says:

Hoping for a really good, stress free for once ;),
final!


James Says:

Lisicki gets double BP!


the DA Says:

Early break. Go Lisicki!


James Says:

DF from Bartoli and Lisicki gets her 3rd BP. Another DF…hands Lisicki the break


James Says:

Sabine looks very confident. Like it.


James Says:

Now it’s Lisicki’s turn to DF and give back the break.


the DA Says:

Gah…Sabine, what are you doing? Although they don’t look it I think both are a little bit nervy.


James Says:

“Sabine looks very confident.”

erhh spoke too soon. But she’ll get the job done.


James Says:

Nooo! Why is Marion is using Sabine’s game plan for this match, which is to make her opponent run as much as possible! Sabine gets broken. My heart skips a beat.


the DA Says:

It hurts hearing McEnroe pronounce Bartoli and Davenport pronounce Marion. So wrong.


James Says:

I guess to hold one’s serve is a big thing in women’s tennis.


the DA Says:

Marion’s constant fist-pumping is irksome.


the DA Says:

Eh..this is starting to run away from Sabine.


PJ Says:

I was wondering if Sabine was gonna be like Stosur at the French. Sam knocked off the former champions and great players, came in as the favorite, but went down to charismatic opponent.


James Says:

Sabine, you can still do this. Just control your nerves. Do a Rafa/Novak. I mean take your time between points if that helps your focus.


James Says:

*should help you focus better.


James Says:

That’s better. Always better to give it you all than later say I should have played better


James Says:

*your meh! Typo king me


the DA Says:

Bartoli’s game is frustrating for Lisicki. It takes time away from her and prevents her from being the aggressor. She’s spent most points scrambling to stay in the point. She needs to convert these BPs


the DA Says:

Bartoli’s BH is an awesome thing. Those angles!


James Says:

too many forehand errors from Lisicki. Ahhhh gets broken again. She needs to attack Bartoli’s serve and play with more controlled aggression.


James Says:

C’mon Lisicki! This is what you’ve been training yourself for years…take it.


squirrel Says:

oh boy,Sabine..you’re a disappointment!


Kimmi Says:

WOW! bartoli came to play today


the DA Says:

She’s almost losing it now. tears.


squirrel Says:

it’s over…

damn,I thought Sabine was smarter than this..


Kimmi Says:

oh no! hard to see lisicki break down like this. too bad.


James Says:

Sabine’s about to cry like a girl. Oh wait she is a girl. Her 12 year old self is playing today.


James Says:

She’s given up and will be sobbing uncontrolably soon.


the DA Says:

Oh well, at least she’s made her serve for the championship. Bartoli has been a dynamo this match. I bet the French tennis federation regret not letting her play at the Olympics.


James Says:

RT “@christophclarey This is about as much fun as watching your child freeze at their piano recital”


the DA Says:

Sabine comes alive and fights back. Can she break one more time?


James Says:

How wonderful it would be if she wins the set from 1-5 down.


Kimmi Says:

Bartoli serve it out. and what a way to do it. Congratulations!!


the DA Says:

She does it. Well deserved. She was too hot to handle. Lisicki crumbled. Bit of an anti-climax. The match against Serena and Aggy were more like finals.


James Says:

Congratulations Bartoli! Well deserved win.


Kimmi Says:

sabine cries! too bad :)


James Says:

Happy for Marion. Sorry for Sabine. But well, Sabine’s never reached a Slam final before. So not too bad. She’s had her best Slam tournament so far in her career. Marion should thank her for eliminating Aga Radwanska in the semi-final


Kimmi Says:

sabine makes me cry! so emotional


Margot Says:

So sorry for Sabine. Disappointing final. but thought Bartoli was terrific- gutsy gritsy and so determined.
Lovely speech too, very generous in victory.


the DA Says:

haha…they’re cheering more loudly for Sabine as she walks around with her runner up trophy.


the DA Says:

Both women gave lovely speeches.


Gannu Says:

Lisicki on her route defeated schiavone, stosur, serena, radwanska…AND Bartoli defeated Lisick! – Sad to see Lisicki unable to handle the pressure of being a favourite whereas as an underdog she defeated everyone…

Just shows how mental this game is…even if you have all the talent in the world …it doesn’t matter

Well done Bartoli…Never ever would have imagined her to be a Wimbledon champion…

And in a strange way this Wimbledon was indeed interesting…Onto Djoker vs. Murray for the finish…hope its an absolute classic going all the way to 5 sets and a marathon match and may the best man win!!!

Btwn where is my feddy bear and Nadal? ;-)


Long Live The King Says:

Salute to Bartoli. She has done what the woman whose game she imitates to a T, [seles] hadn’t done. Win wimbledon. You have to love how early she can take the ball. Her hand-eye co-ordination must be excellent to implement the game she plays. Make no mistake, Wimbledon requires supreme mental and athletic abilities to win – even on the women’s side where there is a lot of slacking off on both those fronts!

Ofcourse, wimbledon banned seles from grunting in her one wimbledon final. yes the same wimbledon who has no problems with the blood-curdling screams that sharapova and azarenka make.

Coming to Lisicki: I thought she would handle the occasion better but she proved me wrong. I am sure she will have more chances at Wimbledon and even other slams, but she has to get mentally strong. She can learn from Bartoli, who in her 1st Wimbledon final threw everything she got at venus. she still lost, but she gave it her best shot. 6 years later, she played like a Wimbledon Champion and earn the title – DID NOT DROP A SET!

Speaking of learning from Bartoli, I hope murray does too. If he wins the 1st set like last year, he cannot step back and hope Novak will let him win the match. He will have to take the game by the scruff of the neck and hammer the result into it. He has to just see how the top 3 have raked in the numbers/titles that they have over the past 10 years.

It still might not be enough with the never-ending pressure from the British, but he would have given it his best shot and that is the best anyone can do.


Gannu Says:

Marion Bartioli is the first player to win Wimbledon without beating a top 10 seed – well that’s destiny ;-)


Kimberly Says:

terrible final with a terrible result, and wtf up with the Bryans?


M Says:

“Btwn where is my feddy bear and Nadal? ;-)”

Roger is playing in Gstaad and, I think, Hamburg.

I don’t have any news about Rafa playing anywhere before Rogers Cup (but I did hear he has booked his Montreal hotel room).

#FEDAL


tennisfansince76 Says:

@gannu Fed is Nadal´s guest in Mallorca. They are in a boat together fishing.


andrea Says:

what a win for bartoli. after being over powered by venus in the 2007 final, it’s a great feather in her cap to win it 6 years later. she just really hammered her way to a victory. she’s so intense on the court – all those dark, furtive glances – but then so sweet when she’s speaking. interesting contrast

glad that sabine didn’t make it a double breadstick, but a little too late. she just couldn’t execute with marion blasting away. if she had broken bartoli in that first game, second set, she might have found that confidence. as the commentators said, with many people thinking she had the game to win the final, it probably all got to her.


James Says:

“Roger is playing in Gstaad and, I think, Hamburg.
I don’t have any news about Rafa playing anywhere before Rogers Cup (but I did hear he has booked his Montreal hotel room).”

That’s right, Roger will be playing two clay tournaments, Gstaad and Hamburg before Montreal. He can win both Gstaad and Hamburg.

It seems Rafa’s next tournament is Montreal, followed by Cincinnati and the US Open.


Danny Morris Says:

“It seems Rafa’s next tournament is Montreal, followed by Cincinnati and the US Open.”

claydal fans claimed the same last year too. I will believe it when I see it. It will be a huge achievement if he gets out of the 1st round at USopen without losing to some 140 ranked guy.

1 tournament outside clay in 33 months!

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