Wimbledon has a new women's champion and a first time Grand Slam winner, in Marion Bartoli. In spite of no big names being there, the final was like a wave of fresh air. Though, it wasn't any sort of an epic as Sabine Lisicki was extremely overwhelmed by the occasion. Marion Bartoli, surely benefited from her appearance in Wimbledon 2007 final where she lost to Venus Williams, took the game to her opponent with intense demeanour and shot making winning 6-1, 6-4 fending off a late fightback by Lisicki.
It was more like a blink and miss final yesterday. Many experts believed and favoured Sabine Lisicki to take up this title. That too had good reasons. Sabine Lisicki has been very consistent on grass; She has come out winning the tough three setters against quality players even while trailing; and her list of casualties on the way were opponents like Francesca Schiavone, Samantha Stosur, Serena Williams (all Grand Slam winners), Aga Radwanska (the world no. 4). On the opposite, Marion Bartoli hasn't faced a top ten opponent on her way to the Final and not even dropped a set.
Yet, Bartoli had a comfortable win. It's not about the speculations and how well one did before the Final but also the day itself that matters. Experience plays a big role at a big occasion and Baroli being there once purely made good use of Lisicki's jitters to finish the match much before she could settle herself down.
There were tears, on both ends, for different reasons. Marion Bartoli now is a Wimbledon Champion and Sabine Lisicki will surely give herself another shot at least on grass, as she's just 23 and has a lot of tennis up her sleeve. There is only one Champion but they are both winners in what they did this year at Wimbledon. Both of them can be proud of the fortnight they had at the All England Club.