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July 6, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON -- Marion Bartoli of France overpowered a nervous Sabine Lisicki in the first set and rode out a challenge from her ponytailed German opponent in the second set to win her first Wimbledon title in her second appearance in the final. Bartoli, seeded 15th, prevailed over No. 23 Lisicki, 6-1, 6-4, on a sunny day on Centre Court. Bartoli became the first French woman to win the Wimbledon singles title since Amelie Mauresmo -- Bartoli's coach -- triumphed here in 2006. “Dreams come true,” Bartoli said while still celebrating her victory on the court.
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March 6, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
It wasn't clear Thursday at Indian Wells whether Martina Hingis was making a comeback or just having a little fun with some hit-and-giggle tennis. Last year, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. That usually indicates that a playing career is over. But there she was Thursday, drawing perhaps a half-full house in the BNP Paribas tournament's new 8,000-seat Stadium 2, playing doubles with her friend and occasional tennis student, Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
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July 4, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England -- Sabine Lisicki of Germany was previously best known during this year's Wimbledon tournament for upsetting favored Serena Williams in the round of 16. Lisicki will now be even better known as a first-time Wimbledon finalist. Lisicki, seeded No. 24, rode out a wild turn of events on Thursday to upset No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 2-6, 9-7, and advance to Saturday's final. Lisicki, who lives in Bradenton, Fla., lost the first three games of the third set before coming back, proving she has the mental strength to complement her physical gifts and all-around game.
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August 24, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Serena Williams is 31 years old and if she wins the U.S. Open for the fifth time she will be the oldest women's singles champion ever at the event. She's also played 64 matches this year, the most in her career, a statistic Williams said Saturday she finds exciting, especially since her record is 60-4. "It's interesting," she said. "I feel great. I feel completely recharged. I feel healthy. I feel fine. To play more matches now, later in my career, it's interesting how good I feel.
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July 4, 2013 | Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England - - Whether it's Sabine Lisicki or Marion Bartoli who receives the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday, the Wimbledon women's champion will be a deserving first-time Grand Slam victor. Lisicki, the German-born 23rd-seeded player who has been nicknamed "Boom Boom" for her powerful serve, and Bartoli, the 15th-seeded Frenchwoman who hits with both hands from both sides and plays air tennis between points, won dramatically different semifinal matches Thursday on Centre Court.
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July 1, 2013 | Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams insisted her round-of-16 loss to Germany's Sabine Lisicki wasn't a shock, because Lisicki is a good grass-court player with a "massive, massive serve" and was vastly underrated as the 23rd seed. In many ways, that made sense. What triggered gasps throughout a sport thrown off-kilter by a flood of upsets last week was how unaggressive Williams often was. Overwhelmingly favored to win her sixth Wimbledon and 17th Grand Slam title, she was so ineffective at crucial moments, and so tentative, that "shocking" is the only fitting description for her performance, if not the result itself.
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July 2, 2013 | Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England - The abnormal has become the new normal at Wimbledon, where one of the women's semifinalists was playing too poorly a year ago to compete here and the lone remaining past champion was eliminated Tuesday in the quarterfinals "Tennis, it's kind of a crazy game," 15th-seeded Marion Bartoli said after defeating American Sloane Stephens, 6-4, 7-5, in a rain-delayed match to advance to Thursday's semifinals. "But that's also the magic of it. " There was far more craziness than magic Tuesday in the quarterfinals, producing a final four so unlikely one of them couldn't grasp it. Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who has one career tournament win to her credit at age 27, upset No. 8 seed and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, on Centre Court to set up a semifinal against Bartoli on Thursday.
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August 2, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
The Mercury Insurance Open experienced a mass exodus of top players before the tournament even started, but the top Germans apparently didn't get the memo. Kim Clijsters isn't here and neither are defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova or new Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. That has left headlining duties to such players as Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki. All three Germans are ranked in the top 25 and having career years. Petkovic made the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, Goerges won an event in Stuttgart, and Lisicki is fresh off a run to the Wimbledon semifinals.
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July 6, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England — It's something of a cliche to discuss the obstacles that athletes have overcome to reach the pinnacle of their respective sports. Yet, if not for encountering difficulty along the way they might not have developed the determination that pushes them on the field, ice or tennis court, and both women who will play in Saturday's Wimbledon final have endured some difficult times. For Marion Bartoli, the No. 15-seeded woman, adversity was a falling out with her father, Walter, who was also her coach.
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July 2, 2012 | By Art Spander
WIMBLEDON, England — The way Maria Sharapova was talking, discussing her French Open victory last month as opposed to her Wimbledon loss Monday ("I'll have that for the rest of my career"), it was easy to think of the film "Casablanca. " "We'll always have Paris," Humphrey Bogart says in that familiar line. So will Sharapova. What she won't have now is the opportunity to be the first woman since Serena Williams in 2002 to win the French and Wimbledon back to back. Nor will she have the opportunity retain the No. 1 spot in the rankings after this week.
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August 15, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
Quirky Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, whose constant mimicking of her serve between points would often annoy opponents and who unexpectedly won Wimbledon in July, suddenly announced her retirement from the game Wednesday night after a loss at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Bartoli, 28, whose Wimbledon win in the final over Sabine Lisicki was her only major tournament victory, said in Cincinnati that her body was always sore. She gave an emotional and teary press conference and said, "I can no longer deal with the pain.
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July 7, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Marion Bartoli, a French tennis veteran with the IQ of a genius and recently crowned Wimbledon women's champion, had little to say in the wake of a sexist remark about her looks by way of comparison to Maria Sharapova, a lanky blond from Russia. BBC radio commentator John Inverdale remarked after Bartoli's 6-1, 6-4 victory over Germany's Sabine Lisicki, "Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little: 'You're never going to be a looker. You'll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight'?"
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July 6, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON, England — It's something of a cliche to discuss the obstacles that athletes have overcome to reach the pinnacle of their respective sports. Yet, if not for encountering difficulty along the way they might not have developed the determination that pushes them on the field, ice or tennis court, and both women who will play in Saturday's Wimbledon final have endured some difficult times. For Marion Bartoli, the No. 15-seeded woman, adversity was a falling out with her father, Walter, who was also her coach.
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July 6, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON -- Marion Bartoli of France overpowered a nervous Sabine Lisicki in the first set and rode out a challenge from her ponytailed German opponent in the second set to win her first Wimbledon title in her second appearance in the final. Bartoli, seeded 15th, prevailed over No. 23 Lisicki, 6-1, 6-4, on a sunny day on Centre Court. Bartoli became the first French woman to win the Wimbledon singles title since Amelie Mauresmo -- Bartoli's coach -- triumphed here in 2006. “Dreams come true,” Bartoli said while still celebrating her victory on the court.
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July 5, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
WIMBLEDON -- Andy Murray will get his date with history in the Wimbledon final for the second consecutive year. Murray, the runner-up to Roger Federer last year and the No. 2-seeded player in this year's tournament, outlasted No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, Friday on Centre Court to advance to the championship match on Sunday. He will face No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who defeated No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in an enthralling five-set match.
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