Bartoli captures Wimbledon crown
Marion Bartoli of France holds her winners trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after defeating Sabine Lisicki of Germany in their women's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
Trailing 6-1, 5-1 Lisicki was struggling to hold back the tears but after saving three match points she finally freed her shoulders and briefly threatened an unlikely comeback before Bartoli slammed the door shut, holding serve to love and finishing the match with her sixth ace.
"As a small girl I dreamed about this moment," Bartoli said in a courtside interview after lifting the Venus Rosewater dish on a sun-drenched Centre Court.
"Honestly, I cannot believe it. I have practiced my serve for so long, at least I kept it for best moment."
She broke Bartoli's serve in the opening game of the match but then began to unravel as the occasion got to her.
Lisicki went for the now "obligatory" toilet break at the end of the first set and returned a little more composed, holding her serve in the opening game of the second set but she wasted four break points on Bartoli's first service game and was then broken to trail 2-1.Struggling to hold back tears, Lisicki dropped her serve again and in a flash she was 1-5, 0-40 down on serve."There would have been no place Lisicki would rather have been an hour ago," former men's champion John McEnroe, commentating for the BBC, said. "Now it's the last place she wants to be. Her mind's all fogged up."
Bartoli, whose manic mannerisms and practice swings make her stand out from the crowd, regrouped and held serve to love, sealing her first grand slam title on her fourth match point after only one hour 21 minutes.
"I was just overwhelmed by this whole situation," Lisicki said, struggling to hold back tears.
Bryans win doubles
Americans Bob and Mike Bryan beat Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 to win the Wimbledon men's doubles title on Saturday and become the first pair to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time since tennis went professional.
The 35-year-old Bryans, who also won the Olympic gold medal last year, got the measure of their 12th-seeded opponents through the telepathic understanding which has brought them 91 career doubles titles.They made the decisive break in the ninth game of the fourth set and Bob Bryan served out for victory which he sealed with an ace, prompting a trademark chest-pump by the brothers.