Wimbledon: Marion Bartoli thrashes Kirsten Flipkens to reach second Wimbledon final
Last Updated: July 4, 2013 3:23pm
Marion Bartoli: Was in control throughout her semi-final contest on Centre Court
Marion Bartoli took just 62 minutes to reach her second Wimbledon final with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Kirsten Flipkens.
The Frenchwoman, runner-up to Venus Williams six years ago, completely overwhelmed a Belgian opponent who had not previously been beyond the fourth round of a grand slam before this year's tournament at the All England Club.
Bartoli reeled off 23 winners as Flipkens' frequent attempts to come to the net more often than not ended with the ball flashing back past her.
Flipkens has climbed to 20th in the world after a blood clot problem last year caused her to take two months out of the game, but her inexperience in the latter stages of the major tournaments was brutally exposed.
Bartoli set the tone in the second game as a backhand winner brought up two break points and a long Flipkens backhand sealed the early advantage.
Warm applause greeted Flipkens when she put her first game on the board by holding serve, but Bartoli then won three straight games to wrap up the first set in under half an hour.
Flipkens had beaten former champion Petra Kvitova in the last eight but by the start of the second set it was clear this match was a bridge too far as Bartoli raced into a 2-0 lead.
Another simple break of serve put her three games to the good, with Flipkens then getting some temporary respite as she was seen to by the trainer for an apparent knee problem.
It seemed to do her good as she claimed her first and only break straight afterwards, but she dropped her own serve next up as Bartoli killed off any hopes of a comeback.
Flipkens did manage to delay the inevitable with one more service hold, but Bartoli soon served the match out.