Sunday evening, just hours after the men’s singles Wimbledon final, the 2013 ladies’ singles champion Marion Bartoli attended the Wimbledon Champions’ Dinner at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel in London and posed with the prestigious Venus Rosewater Dish.
Looking at Bartoli’s unflattering shoes and the tight dress with weird cuts in the sleeves that seem to suggest that her arms were too fat and couldn’t fit in, it’s obvious that the Paris Fashion Week is not high on the Frenchwoman’s list of priorities, but that doesn’t mind as no one can take her out of the elite club of Wimbledon champions, which she deservingly joined with a determined performance in the final, not giving her opponent Sabine Lisicki room to breathe.
Men’s singles champion Andy Murray also attended the event and had only the words of praise for Bartoli:
She’s a very, very nice girl. I’ve spent little bits of time with her over the last few years. She works extremely hard. A lot of people kind of questioned her sort of methods, the ways that she plays. I was really, really happy for her that she managed to win yesterday. I’m sure she’ll be good fun tonight. She’s a funny girl.
Absolutely no one expected Bartoli to win the title, and even in the final much more people tipped Lisicki as the favorite. Even the social media stats show the evident greater popularity of Lisicki: according to BBC, during Wimbledon Bartoli’s official Facebook page attracted 18,412 “likes”, while Lisicki’s received 290,000, that’s almost 16 times more! Congratulations, Bartoli, for surprising us all and proving most people wrong! (via Beyond the Baseline)