World No. 11 Marion Bartoli lost her first chance to prove that she is not just a one-hit wonder. The Frenchwoman was beaten in her first match since the Wimbledon final.
Bartoli left the court in tears after a 7-5 4-6 3-6 loss to American Lilia Osterloh at the Bank of the West Classic. The 22-year-old said that her body was too tired and had no energy due to busy past two months.
I still believe that Wimbledon final was not the last great achievement of Marion Bartoli. She possesses courage and determination to be admired. Don’t forget that she beat world No.1 Justine Henin and world No.3 Jelena Jankovic despite the pressure of playing at a Grand Slam! Remember what happened to Ivanovic in the same situation? In addition, Jankovic still hasn’t beaten Henin.
In think that Bartoli deserves all the respect, and shouldn’t be underestimated. (via BBC)
Marion also played that match with a leg injury. But there’s the rub–she is one of the most injured players on the tour, and if the injuries start returning that like, she will be stalled again.
However, I agree with you that she deserves respect. I think she is a wonderful player–I’ve been watching her for years–but the injuries have really brought her down. I hope she gets past this and wins a title soon.
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