Marion Bartoli
French tennis player
Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli is a French professional tennis player and the current French no. 1 (out of 6 French players in the top-100). She has won seven Women's Tennis Association singles titles and three doubles titles. She was also a runner-up at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships. Bartoli has defeated three reigning world no. 1 players in her career so far.
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3 Years After Winning Wimbledon, Bartoli Says She Is Ill
ABC News - 8 months
Three years after winning the title at Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli said she has contracted an unknown virus and her life is an "absolute nightmare."
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Tweet fuels talk of Bartoli return
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli sparked speculation on Tuesday of a return from retirement less than two years after bowing out of professional tennis. Should I?" Bartoli said. "Marion Bartoli has just turned 30.
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Marion Bartoli: From 'ghost' to 'happiest person' in world
CNN - about 3 years
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Bartoli Has Many Plans. Tennis? ‘You Never Know.’
NYTimes - over 3 years
Marion Bartoli, who retired from tennis not long after winning at Wimbledon, for the first time left the door open, perhaps ever so slightly, for a return.     
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Tennis-Bartoli opens slight possibility for comeback
Yahoo News - over 3 years
NEW YORK, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli offered the first hint that her shock retirement may not be quite as final as she first indicated when she hinted on Sunday she could make a comeback. The 28-year-old stunned the tennis world earlier this month when she announced she was quitting just months after breaking through to win her first grand slam. The Frenchwoman, speaking in New York, left open the possibility that she could possibly make a return next year. "You never know what is going to happen," she told reporters. "It's pretty hard to say I will never come back. ...
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10 Things To Know For The U.S. Open
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK -- A look at 10 of the top topics at the U.S. Open, the hard-court Grand Slam tennis tournament that begins Monday and ends Sept. 9: 1. MURRAY'S FIRST DEFENSE: For the first time, Andy Murray will be the defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament – and he suspects he'll be more nervous than usual in the early rounds. Will be intriguing to see if that's true. His championship at the 2012 U.S. Open made him the first man from Britain to win a major title since Fred Perry in 1936. And last month, Murray ended Britain's 77-year wait for a male champion at Wimbledon. 2. RAFA RETURNS: Rafael Nadal has gone through all manner of ups and downs over the past two seasons, including a seven-month absence because of knee trouble – he missed two Grand Slam tournaments, including last year's U.S. Open – plus two more French Open titles and two quick exits at Wimbledon. He's looked terrific lately, improving to 15-0 on hard courts in 2013 by winning the Montreal and ...
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Marion Bartoli Retires From Tennis At The Top Of Her Game
NPR - over 3 years
Just 40 days after winning the women's single title at Wimbledon, Marion Bartoli of France announced on Wednesday that she is retiring from tennis at age 28. Bartoli joins a relatively short list of top athletes who decided to call it quits in their prime. Audie Cornish talks to Stefan Fatsis for more. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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One day on, Bartoli has 'no regrets' about retirement
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Steve Keating CINCINNATI (Reuters) - In the cold light of day Marion Bartoli said she was having no second thoughts about her shock decision to retire from tennis and was looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life. Wimbledon champion Bartoli, 28, stunned the tennis world 12 hours earlier when she left the court after a second round defeat at the Western and Southern Open and told a news conference: "I feel it's time for me to walk away". ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marion Bartoli
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 31
    In July 2016 she revealed that she "feared for her life" due to an unknown virus.
    More Details Hide Details However later in the month she tweeted a photo after a blood transfusion that indicated recovery was in sight.
  • 2015
    Age 30
    In March 2015, she posted a tweet hinting that she was considering a return to professional tennis, and asked her followers for their opinion.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2014
    Age 29
    In 2014, Bartoli played for the Austin Aces' inaugural season in the World TeamTennis.
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  • 2013
    Age 28
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    Bartoli was chosen as the 2013 L'Équipe Champion of Champions (France female category) in December 2013.
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    In December 2013, Bartoli was chosen as the 2013 RTL Champion of Champions, ahead of Teddy Tamgho and Tony Parker, by RTL (a French commercial radio network).
    More Details Hide Details This annual sports award was inaugurated in 2008. The previous winners were Alain Bernard (2008), Sébastien Loeb (2009), Christophe Lemaitre (2010), Teddy Riner (2011) and Yannick Agnel (2012).
    Bartoli announced her immediate retirement from tennis during the 2013 Western & Southern Open, citing continuous and increasingly unbearable pain from injuries sustained throughout her career.
    More Details Hide Details At an emotional press conference, just 40 days after her Wimbledon victory, she said "I made my dream a reality and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can't cope with everything. "I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play."
    In the quarterfinals she defeated 17th seed Sloane Stephens, which was her first quarterfinal victory of any WTA Tour or Grand Slam event in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In the semifinals she beat 20th seed Kirsten Flipkens to reach her second Wimbledon final. In the final she faced 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki, who had beaten pre-tournament favorite Serena Williams and 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwańska en route to the final. Bartoli won the match in straight sets for her first and only Grand Slam title. She did not drop a set in the entire tournament. She also became the female player who participated in the most Grand Slam tournaments before winning one, as this was her 47th such tournament (breaking the previous perseverance record held by Jana Novotná, at 45). Bartoli also competed in the mixed doubles alongside Nicholas Monroe. They lost in the first round to Santiago González and Natalie Grandin.
    At the 2013 French Open Bartoli was seeded 13th.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Olga Govortsova in the first round, qualifier Mariana Duque Marino in the second, but lost to Francesca Schiavone in the third. At Wimbledon Bartoli was seeded 15th. She defeated Elina Svitolina in the first round, Christina McHale in the second, Camila Giorgi in the third, and Karin Knapp in the fourth.
    Bartoli entered her first tournament without her father acting as her coach at the 2013 Qatar Total Open, where she was seeded ninth.
    More Details Hide Details She lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round.
    At the 2013 Open GDF Suez in Paris, Bartoli reached the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by German and eventual champion Mona Barthel.
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    Bartoli was seeded 11th at the 2013 Australian Open in Melbourne.
    More Details Hide Details She reached the third round, where she was defeated by the 19th seed Ekaterina Makarova.
    Bartoli started the 2013 season by participating in a new tournament, the 2013 Shenzhen Open.
    More Details Hide Details She was seeded second and reached the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by fifth seed Klára Zakopalová.
    Bartoli won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships with Mauresmo acting as her coach.
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    Bartoli was also known for her unusual serve, in which she used her wrist to generate speed. She also changed her service motion many times over the years. During the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, she had an unusual setup for serves – no ball-bouncing, arms crossed, right wrist resting on her left thumb before the toss.
    More Details Hide Details Bartoli manifested unusual on-court mannerisms, such as energetically bouncing on the spot and practising racquet swings between points, and being noticeably restless during changeovers. She claimed that this was to maintain the focus needed for her intense style of play. Bartoli's father, who had no background in tennis, had years earlier retired from his career as a medical doctor to learn how to become a tennis coach and coach her to become a professional tennis player. Bartoli denies allegations that her close relationship with her father is a public show to hide a dominating parent. She has resisted pressure to play without him, including giving up the chance to play at the Olympics in London in 2012 because she would not play in the Fed Cup without his private coaching. On 10 February 2013, Bartoli announced that the coaching setup with her father, who had been her coach throughout her tennis career, had come to an end by mutual agreement. Bartoli stated at the time that she would be working with physical trainer Nicolas Perrotte and former player Gabriel Urpi until she found a new coach who could take her to the next level and help her win her first Grand Slam singles title. On 9 March 2013, it was announced on the WTA website that Bartoli was being coached by Jana Novotná, but they cancelled the coaching arrangement after just one week (it ended after the conclusion of the Indian Wells Masters tournament).
    She won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships singles title after previously being runner-up in 2007, and was a semifinalist at the 2011 French Open.
    More Details Hide Details She also won eight Women's Tennis Association singles titles and three doubles titles. She announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis on 14 August 2013.
  • 2012
    Age 27
    Bartoli reached her first US Open quarterfinals in 2012, where she upset fifth seed Petra Kvitová in the fourth round (she was ultimately defeated in the quarterfinals by Maria Sharapova); that performance marked a quarterfinals-or-better finish in all four Grand Slams for Bartoli.
    More Details Hide Details Next she reached the semifinals in Beijing, losing to Victoria Azarenka.
    At the 2012 New Haven Open at Yale, Bartoli reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to Sara Errani.
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    Bartoli did not compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics, refusing to play in the Fed Cup without the coaching of her father.
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    At the 2012 Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, California, Bartoli was the top seed.
    More Details Hide Details She received a bye into the second round, then defeated Vania King, Christina McHale and Chan Yung-jan to reach the final, which she lost to 2nd seed and close friend Dominika Cibulková.
    Seeded 2nd at the 2012 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Bartoli reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to Yanina Wickmayer.
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    Bartoli was seeded eighth at the 2012 French Open, where she was defending semifinal points from the previous year.
    More Details Hide Details Bartoli defeated qualifier Karolína Plíšková in the first round, but in the second round was upset by Petra Martić. At Eastbourne, Bartoli defeated Sorana Cîrstea, Aleksandra Wozniak, and Lucie Šafářová to reach the semifinals, where she was defeated by eventual champion Tamira Paszek. In the first round of Wimbledon, Bartoli defeated Casey Dellacqua. Her run ended with a loss to Mirjana Lučić in the second round.
    Ranked no. 7, Bartoli was seeded 2nd for the 2012 Open GDF Suez in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details She received a bye into the second round, then defeated Petra Martić, Roberta Vinci and Klára Zakopalová to reach the final, which she lost to Angelique Kerber. In Doha, Bartoli was seeded fifth and advanced to the semifinals by defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues, Tsvetana Pironkova, and Lucie Šafářová. She retired due to an injury against third seed Samantha Stosur in the semifinals. At Indian Wells, Bartoli reached the quarterfinals by defeating Varvara Lepchenko, Chanelle Scheepers, and Lucie Šafářová. She fell to Ana Ivanovic. Seeded 7th in Miami, Bartoli defeated Polona Hercog, Simona Halep, Maria Kirilenko and world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka to reach the semifinals, where she was defeated by 5th seed and eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska.
    At the 2012 Australian Open, Bartoli defeated compatriot Virginie Razzano in the first round and Jelena Dokić in the second round.
    More Details Hide Details In the third round, she was upset by Zheng Jie. After the tournament Bartoli broke into the top eight in the rankings for the first time.
    Bartoli competed for France alongside Richard Gasquet in the 2012 Hopman Cup.
    More Details Hide Details They defeated China, Australia, and Spain to book a place against the Czech Republic in the final, which they lost. Bartoli reached the quarterfinals of her first WTA tournament of the year in Sydney and was seeded 8th. In the quarterfinal she was defeated by 3rd seed Victoria Azarenka.
  • 2011
    Age 26
    At the 2011 WTA Tour Championships, Bartoli qualified as a reserve for Maria Sharapova and in the only match she played, she upset Azarenka in three sets, winning 5–7, 6–4, 6–4.
    More Details Hide Details The match had no meaning because Bartoli could not qualify for the semi-finals as Sharapova had lost her two matches and Azarenka had already qualified for the semi-finals. The pair met three times in 2012, with Bartoli losing two of the matches. Her victory in the Miami quarter-finals was significant though, as it snapped Azarenka's 26-match winning streak to start the season. Bartoli won 6–3, 6–3 to record what was at the time her third victory over a reigning World No. 1. Their most recent meeting was in the semi-finals of the China Open with Bartoli losing 4–6, 2–6 to the eventual champion Azarenka. Bartoli and Jelena Janković have met 9 times since 2005. Bartoli leads the head-to-head 5-4 and they are tied 2-2 at Grand Slams. Bartoli won their first meeting in 2005 at Auckland 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-1. Janković then won their next three meetings which included two wins at the French Open in 2006 and 2007. Bartoli won the next four, including a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win in 2007 at Wimbledon where she went on to reach the final, and a 6-1, 6-4 win at the 2009 Australian Open against Janković who was ranked World No.1 at the time.
    At the 2011 HP Open in Osaka, Bartoli defeated Melinda Czink, Vania King, 6th seed Ayumi Morita, and third seed Angelique Kerber to reach the final.
    More Details Hide Details She took the title by defeating top seed and US Open Champion Samantha Stosur. Bartoli finished the year 9th in the race to the Year End Championships in Istanbul, thus earning a place as the first alternate player. Following the withdrawal of second seed Maria Sharapova after her second of three matches, Bartoli took her place in the final match against Victoria Azarenka, which she won. Bartoli finished the year ranked no. 9 in the world with the best win-loss record of her career at 58–24. She reached 15 quarterfinals, 8 semifinals, and 5 finals, and won 2 titles (Eastbourne and Osaka), resulting in her best year financially, earning $1,722,863 in tournament prize money.
    Seeded seventh at the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Bartoli reached the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by third seed Victoria Azarenka.
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    At the 2011 US Open, Bartoli suffered a second-round exit.
    More Details Hide Details After defeating Alexandra Panova in the first round, she lost to American teenager Christina McHale. Following her poor run in the United States, Bartoli's ranking dropped to no. 10, and her RACE ranking dropped to no. 8.
    Due to her lack of match play before the US Open, Bartoli accepted a wildcard into the 2011 New Haven Open at Yale.
    More Details Hide Details She won her opening two rounds, defeating Anastasia Rodionova and Klára Zakopalová, before losing to Petra Cetkovská in the quarterfinals.
    Bartoli was seeded 9th at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Czech qualifier Kristýna Plíšková in the first round, Lourdes Domínguez Lino in the second, and 21st seed Flavia Pennetta in the third. She then defeated defending champion and grass-court veteran Serena Williams in the fourth round. Bartoli described beating Williams as the greatest win of her life. In the quarterfinals Bartoli was defeated by Sabine Lisicki in a match notable for taking place under the centre-court roof in the middle of a thunderstorm. At Stanford, where Bartoli was seeded 3rd, she reached the final after Ayumi Morita, her opponent in the quarterfinals, retired, and Dominika Cibulková, her opponent in the semifinals, withdrew. In the final Bartoli was defeated by Serena Williams.
    Moving onto the grass, Bartoli won the 2011 Aegon International at Eastbourne by defeating Lucie Šafářová and María José Martínez Sánchez.
    More Details Hide Details She then moved past third seed Victoria Azarenka when Azarenka retired during their match due to a thigh injury. Bartoli reached the semifinals for the fifth straight year and beat seventh seed Samantha Stosur. She then beat eighth seed Petra Kvitová to win the title.
    Seeded 11th at the 2011 French Open, Bartoli won her opening round against Anna Tatishvili.
    More Details Hide Details In the second round she beat Olga Govortsova, then defeated 17th seed Julia Görges in the third. She moved into the quarterfinals after Gisela Dulko retired during their fourth round match. She beat 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals she lost to defending champion Francesca Schiavone.
    Bartoli was the top seed at the 2011 Internationaux de Strasbourg, and reached the final where she faced 2nd seed Andrea Petkovic.
    More Details Hide Details However she had to retire early in the second set.
    Bartoli was seeded 15th at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Monica Niculescu, Andrea Petkovic, Kim Clijsters (who retired with an injury), Ana Ivanovic and Yanina Wickmayer to reach the final, where she lost to world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki. It was Bartoli's first and only final of Premier Madatory/5 category. As a result of her run to the final, Bartoli returned to the top 10.
    Bartoli was seeded 2nd at the 2011 BMW Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, where she reached the quarterfinals and lost to 5th seed Lucie Šafářová.
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    At the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, Bartoli was unseeded but reached the semifinals, where she lost to world no. 1 and top seed Caroline Wozniacki.
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    Bartoli was seeded 15th at the 2011 Australian Open, where she defeated Tathiana Garbin in the first round without losing a game.
    More Details Hide Details She lost against Vesna Manasieva is the second round, though Bartoli suffered an injury in the first set.
    Bartoli was top seeded at the 2011 Moorilla Hobart International in her first appearance at the tournament.
    More Details Hide Details She lost to fifth seed Klára Zakopalová in the quarterfinals.
    Bartoli kicked off her 2011 season at the 2011 Brisbane International.
    More Details Hide Details She was seeded fourth and reached the semifinals, where she was defeated by Andrea Petkovic.
    She is also the only player ever to have played at both the WTA Tour Championships and the WTA Tournament of Champions in the same year, in 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 25
    At the 2010 HP Open in Osaka, Japan, Bartoli was seeded 2nd behind Samantha Stosur.
    More Details Hide Details She reached the semifinals by defeating Julie Coin, Stefanie Vögele and Jill Craybas, then lost in the semifinal to Tamarine Tanasugarn. Bartoli ended the year at world no. 16 with a total record of 34–21 and a record of 2–4 against top-10 players.
    At the 2010 US Open, Bartoli was seeded 13th and defeated Edina Gallovits in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details In the second round, she was upset by world no. 157 and French compatriot Virginie Razzano.
    At her final tournament before the US Open, the 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Bartoli was seeded 6th and defeated Alona Bondarenko and Anastasia Rodionova to reach the quarterfinals, where she lost to 4th seed Elena Dementieva.
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    Bartoli also reached the quarterfinals at the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati, after defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues, Alona Bondarenko and world no. 3 Caroline Wozniacki.
    More Details Hide Details In the quarterfinals, she was defeated by 10th seed Maria Sharapova. Bartoli managed a further quarterfinal appearance at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, where she was seeded 17th. In the quarterfinals, she was defeated for the third time this year by 10th seed Victoria Azarenka.
    At the 2010 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California, where she was defending her title, she defeated Ashley Harkleroad and Ana Ivanovic to reach the quarterfinals, where she lost to Victoria Azarenka.
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    Bartoli was seeded 11th at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Julia Görges in the first round, then moved straight into the third round after Petra Martić withdrew from the tournament with suspected injury. In the third round she defeated qualifier Gréta Arn, before falling in the fourth round to eventual semifinalist Tsvetana Pironkova.
    In the 2010 French Open Bartoli was the 12th seed and French no. 1.
    More Details Hide Details She beat Maria Elena Camerin in the first round and compatriot and wildcard Olivia Sanchez in the second, but was defeated by Shahar Pe'er in the third round. Bartoli was seeded 8th at the Aegon International at Eastbourne. She defeated Vera Dushevina, Ágnes Szávay and María José Martínez Sánchez to reach the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year. In the semifinal she lost to Victoria Azarenka.
    At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Bartoli defeated Magdaléna Rybáriková, Gisela Dulko, top seed and world no. 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Yanina Wickmayer to reach the semifinals, where she lost to world no. 5 Venus Williams.
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    Bartoli started her year as the 11th seed at the 2010 Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Rossana de los Ríos in the first round and Sandra Záhlavová in the second. In the third round she lost to unseeded and eventual semifinalist Zheng Jie.
  • 2009
    Age 24
    At the 2009 Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali, Bartoli defeated Rybáriková, and qualified for the semifinals when she beat Shahar Pe'er.
    More Details Hide Details She then defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm. In the final against Aravane Rezaï Bartoli retired due to injury.
    Seeded 14th at the 2009 US Open, Bartoli beat Rossana de los Ríos, but lost to eventual champion Kim Clijsters.
    More Details Hide Details At the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Bartoli was seeded 14th and reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to 7th seed Jelena Janković. Seeded 14, Bartoli reached the semifinals of the China Open in Beijing. She defeated Magdaléna Rybáriková, Alisa Kleybanova, Zhang Shuai, and Vera Zvonareva. In the semifinals, she lost to 12th seed Agnieszka Radwańska.
  • 2007
    Age 22
    Bartoli began 2007 with another second-round exit at the Australian Open, this time falling to Victoria Azarenka.
    More Details Hide Details In the clay-court season, she reached the final of the ECM Prague Open in May, losing to Akiko Morigami. After reaching the semifinals in Strasbourg, she lost to Amélie Mauresmo. Bartoli reached her first career Grand Slam fourth round at the French Open by defeating Aravane Rezaï, Andrea Petkovic, and 13th seed Elena Dementieva. In the fourth round, she was knocked out by fourth seed Jelena Janković, though Bartoli injured her back during this match. In the grass-court season, she reached the semifinals at Birmingham, where she lost to Maria Sharapova. She also reached the semifinals at Eastbourne, but lost to world no. 1 Justine Henin. At Wimbledon, Bartoli made her Grand Slam breakthrough by advancing to her first Grand Slam final, after defeating top-seeded Justine Henin in the semifinal, in one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history. Bartoli lost the first set, and claimed afterwards that the reason for her turnaround in the match was seeing Pierce Brosnan in the royal box and being determined to play well in front of one of her favourite actors. In the final, Bartoli lost to three-time former champion Venus Williams. As a result of her Wimbledon performance, she rose to a career high of no. 11 in the Women's Tennis Association rankings. At the US Open, Bartoli reached the fourth round for the first time by defeating world no. 25 Lucie Šafářová.
    Bartoli defeated three reigning world no. 1 players in her career: Justine Henin in the semifinal of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, Jelena Janković in the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Open, and Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open.
    More Details Hide Details She also recorded wins over other top players such as Venus and Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Lindsay Davenport, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Dinara Safina, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitová, Samantha Stosur, and Kim Clijsters. She was known for her unorthodox style of play using two hands on both her forehand and backhand. On 30 January 2012 she reached a career high ranking of no. 7 in the world; she returned to this ranking on 8 July 2013 after triumphing at Wimbledon. Bartoli reached at least the quarter-final stage at each of the four Grand Slams. Her win at Wimbledon made her only the sixth player in the open era to win the Championships without dropping a single set.
  • 2006
    Age 21
    In January 2006, Bartoli at 21 years of age won her first senior title at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, beating Vera Zvonareva in the final.
    More Details Hide Details She then lost in the second round of the first three Grand Slam events of the year (losing to Roberta Vinci in Australia, Jelena Janković at the French Open, and Karolina Šprem at Wimbledon, all in three sets), but she won her third career doubles title by capturing the ECM Prague Open with Shahar Pe'er in May. The North American summer hard-court season was very productive for Bartoli, as she reached the third round (and in some cases that meant the quarterfinals) of five of the seven tournaments she entered, including the US Open, where she again lost in the third round, this time to seventh-seeded Patty Schnyder. The following week she beat Schnyder en route to her second final of the year in Bali, where she lost to world no. 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova. In October Bartoli won her second Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles title at the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, beating Aiko Nakamura in the final. This was the first ever WTA final contested by two players using two-handed strokes on both the forehand and backhand. As a result of winning the title, Bartoli broke into the top 20 for the first time. In her last event of the year, she captured the Bell Challenge in Quebec City, defeating Olga Puchkova without losing a game in the final.
  • 2005
    Age 20
    After a promising start (semifinals in Auckland and quarterfinals in Canberra), which took her to world no. 32 and winning the second doubles tournament of her career in Pattaya City, injury disrupted the second quarter of 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The only match Bartoli played in the clay-court season was her straight-sets first-round loss to Shahar Pe'er at the French Open (where she was seeded for the first time, 28th). Her quarterfinal run at Eastbourne (where she had to retire hurt) led her to a career-high ranking of no. 27 at the start of Wimbledon, where she lost to Jill Craybas in the second round. Highlights of the year were reaching the third round of the US Open for the second time (losing to Sania Mirza) and making her second Women's Tennis Association semifinal of the year (and fifth of her career) in Québec. Her end-of-season statistics were 35–26, albeit padded by a victory in a satellite tournament in Doha at the end of the year. She went 30–21 on hard courts, 0–1 on clay, 3–3 on grass, and 2–1 on carpet. She was now ranked world no. 40.
    As a result, Bartoli's team leader Guy Forget resigned, and she was not chosen by the new team leader Georges Goven to play in 2005.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2004
    Age 19
    She ended 2004 ranked world no. 41, having gone 30–24 over the year.
    More Details Hide Details Her hard-court record was 23–13, with clay going 4–7, grass 3–3, and carpet 0–1.
    In February Bartoli played at the 2004 Hyderabad Open, where she defeated Ankita Bhambri, Galina Fokina, and Mervana Jugić-Salkić to reach the semifinals, before losing to eventual champion Nicole Pratt.
    More Details Hide Details This performance briefly made her a top-50 player. Bartoli refound her doubles form of late 2003. Partnering compatriot Émilie Loit, she reached the semifinals of Acapulco, the quarterfinals of Indian Wells, and then Bartoli won her first WTA tour doubles title in Casablanca. After a forgettable singles clay-court season (culminating in her second loss to Sugiyama at her native Grand Slam event), she climbed back up the rankings by reaching the third round of Wimbledon (losing to Sugiyama for the second successive Grand Slam). She also got to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in doubles, partnering Loit for the second successive Grand Slam (they had failed to get beyond the second round of the French Open). Bartoli got to her third singles semifinal of the year in Cincinnati, before pulling out of her match with Lindsay Davenport with a blister on her right hand. She reached the second round of the US Open, despite being drawn against 32nd-seeded Meghann Shaughnessy in the first round. She lost to Russian Vera Douchevina in the second round.
    Bartoli began 2004 by getting to her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) semifinal in the season-opener in Auckland.
    More Details Hide Details She then got to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time, losing to 22nd-seeded Patty Schnyder.
  • 2003
    Age 18
    In the Internationaux de Strasbourg Bartoli reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to Vera Zvonareva. At the 2003 French Open, she earned another victory over Rossana de los Ríos, but lost to Jennifer Capriati in the second round.
    More Details Hide Details At her first Wimbledon, she drew the ninth seed Daniela Hantuchová in the first round, and lost. At the Acura Classic Bartoli defeated her first top-20 player, Meghann Shaughnessy, before losing to Kim Clijsters in the third round. At the US Open she lost to Hantuchová in the first round. But in doubles, she reached her first and only semifinal of doubles at Grand Slams. At the end of the year, she reached the quarterfinals of Bell Challenge, losing to Milagros Sequera.
    Bartoli began 2003 by coming through the qualifying draw in the Canberra Women's Classic to reach her first WTA semifinal, where she lost to Francesca Schiavone.
    More Details Hide Details At the Australian Open, where she earned her place in a Grand Slam through her ranking for the first time, she lost to 11th seed Magdalena Maleeva in the first round. She qualified for Key Biscayne, Florida and made it to the quarterfinals, after Lindsay Davenport retired in their fourth-round match due to injury. In the quarterfinal she lost to Serena Williams.
  • 2002
    Age 17
    In 2002 she received a wildcard into the Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details She lost to Tina Pisnik in three sets. She then won her fourth ITF title in Columbus, Ohio. She followed that with a first-round exit at the French Open, losing in three sets to Ai Sugiyama. In the US Open where she qualified, she defeated Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, which was Bartoli's first win over a player in the top 100. She followed that with a win over Rossana de los Ríos, before losing to fourth seed Lindsay Davenport.
  • 1999
    Age 14
    After a few aborted starts in 1999 and 2000, she played in the ITF $10,000 clay events in the spring of 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Winning two tournaments back to back in May (in Hatfield and Torino) ensured that she would be given a wildcard into her first Grand Slam, the French Open, where she lost to Catalina Castaño in the first round. Bartoli also won another tournament in Koksijde, Belgium.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Born
    Marion Bartoli was born on 2 October 1984 in Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire.
    More Details Hide Details She is of Corsican descent; her family is from Palneca, Corse-du-Sud. Bartoli was introduced to tennis by her medical doctor father, Walter, when she was 6 years old. She would practice tennis with him late at night after school on small, icy, unevenly surfaced courts which restricted free movement and influenced her playing style. When weather was sufficiently bad, they would train in an old indoor facility where there was very limited room between baseline and the wall, meaning Bartoli became adept at playing inside the baseline. He devised original training methods, such as improving hand-eye coordination by using balls of different size and color, or encouraging Marion to stay on her toes by taping tennis balls to the heels of her shoes. He drove hundreds of kilometres to tournaments while she would do her homework in the back of the car.
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