Wimbledon final: Marion Bartoli beats Sabine Lisicki in straight sets
Last Updated: 06/07/13 7:06pm
Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli claimed her first Grand Slam title with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final.
The world No 15 had only previously appeared in one Grand Slam final, the Wimbledon showpiece six years ago, when she lost to Venus Williams.
But she had little trouble seeing off world No 24 Lisicki and lifts the title having not dropped a set in the entire tournament.
Bartoli is also the first woman in history to win Wimbledon without beating a top 10 player.
After both women dropped their opening service games, Bartoli won six straight games to take the first set and five in a row to seize control of the second.
Lisicki, who was playing in her first major final, held serve only three times, but managed to save three match points in the seventh game, launching a mini-revival that saw her recover to 4-5.
But serving for the set for the third time, Bartoli raced to a 40-0 lead and completed the victory with an ace before sinking to her knees on the Centre Court turf in celebration.
Lisicki, the 23rd seed, broke Bartoli's serve in the opening game of the match but the Frenchwoman hit straight back and took advantage of 14 unforced errors by the German to secure the opening set in 31 minutes.
Lisicki's booming serve and powerful forehand had proved too much for top seed and world No 1 Serena Williams in the fourth round, but she was unable to find her range in the biggest match of her life.
Lisicki left the court to try to compose herself and held serve in the opening game of the second set, but she wasted four break points in Bartoli's first service game and the Frenchwoman broke for a 2-1 lead.
By this point Lisicki was struggling to hold back her tears and she dropped her serve again to trail 4-1 and Bartoli had three match points at 5-1.
The German bravely saved them, however, and suddenly found some form, breaking Bartoli to trail 3-5 and holding serve comfortably to raise hopes of an unlikely comeback.
But Bartoli regrouped and held serve to love, sealing her first grand slam title on her fourth match point with her sixth ace after one hour and 21 minutes of action.
After kissing the Wimbledon court, Bartoli clambered into the stands to embrace her entourage which included father and former coach Walter and France's last Wimbledon singles champion, Amelie Mauresmo.