July 6, 2013

Bartoli beats Lisicki for Wimbledon title

Marion Bartoli won six straight games to take the first set and five in a row to seize control in the second.

The Associated Press

LONDON — Marion Bartoli won her first major title Saturday, defeating Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final.

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Marion Bartoli of France plays a return to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during their Women's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday.

The Associated Press

Bartoli won six straight games to take the first set and five in a row to seize control in the second. The Frenchwoman lost the 2007 final at the All England Club.

Lisicki had some success playing from behind at this year's tournament, trailing defending champion Serena Williams in the fourth round and Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals. But Bartoli gave her few chances this time.

Lisicki, a German seeded 23rd, was playing in her first major final. She held serve only three times, but managed to save three match points in the seventh game. She was broken five times.

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