Marion Bartoli Victorious at Wimbledon

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) -- It won't go down as one of the more memorable women's finals in Wimbledon history, but that doesn't matter to Marion Bartoli.

The 15th-seeded Bartoli has won her first major championship by defeating Sabine Lisicki (sah-BEEN' lih-SIH'-kee) 6-1, 6-4. Bartoli served the match out at love to become the first Frenchwoman since Amelie Mauresmo (AM'-eh-lee mohr-EHS'-moh) in 2006 to win the third Grand Slam of the year. The victory comes six years after Bartoli was beaten by Venus Williams in the Wimbledon final.

Both players were seeking their first major title, and their nerves showed at times. Bartoli lost serve in the opening game, then proceeded to win 11 of the next 12 games to go up 6-1, 5-1. But she lost three championship points in the seventh game of the second set before Lisicki pulled within 5-4. Bartoli recovered in time to closed out the match on serve and claim her first title in 47th career appearances.

The two combined for just 36 winners and had 39 unforced errors, including 11 double-faults.

Bob and Mike Bryan have become the first doubles team in the history of Open-era tennis to hold all four major titles at the same time. They accomplished the feat by knocking off Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

The Bryan Brothers have a 24-match winning streak after capturing their 14th Grand Slam title.


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