Wimbledon 2013 – Women’s Final

Lisicki v Bartoli

Bartoli has been here before. She reached the final in 2007 where she lost to Venus Williams. Since then her best performance was a quarter final 2 years ago. She lost to Lisicki in 3 sets.

Lisicki has an excellent Wimbledon record. Only in her first appearance did she fail to reach at least the quarter finals. That first trip to the tournament was ended by Bartoli in the first round.

Lisicki has really been tested so far and had to come back from being behind in the third sets against Serena and Radwanska. Her game can often fall apart when under pressure but she has held her nerve this last fortnight. Those matches will have prepared her for the fight today.

Bartoli has had a comparably easy route to the final.Sloane Stephens was probably her stiffest test but still wasn’t able to take a set. Flipkens in the semi final was a real disappointment and managed just 3 games.

This really should go to 3 sets. Lisicki is slightly ahead on the serve stats and Bartoli is slightly ahead on the return of serve stats over the last 2 weeks but considering the standard of players that they have each faced there are no surprises there.

I think Lisicki is able to deal mentally with the occasion. Bartoli is so highly strung with her bouncing at the back of the court. Her sometime manic practice swings at those annoying invisible children could get out of control and don’t be surprised to see her take out a couple of lines judges if the pressure gets too high.

Lisicki is too short at 1.50 and we should see higher in the opening set.

I expect Lisicki to be lifting the trophy later this afternoon.

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2 thoughts on “Wimbledon 2013 – Women’s Final”

  1. Here’s my general impression on the match: Lisicki came into it putting much more pressure on herself than Bartoli. Both wanted hard to win, but Bartoli had a more eased off approach into it, which allowed her to stead her nerves more during the match.

    Lisicki is an emotional player, who can turn her game on when things start to go well, but off when then seem to start getting bad, which gives us such fantastic tennis moments and great swings on the market :). She is an extremely talented player (more than Bartoli), and I put my money on that if she can just control that emotional side a bit, to work more often to her advantage, she will no doubt prevail as number one in the future.

    If you take into account Lisicki’s path up to this final, she definitely deserved to win this tournament, beating Williams and A Rad in awesome matches.

    Considering today’s match, I don’t think she does. Bartoli played an overall better tennis, had to face against Lisicki and the crowd (because the looks do count :P) and she won a Grand Slam without´dropping a set and that’s got to count for something. Her mental fortitude during the match was superb and I wouldn’t give the title to Lisicki.

    1. Lisicki only played her game from 1-5 in the second set when the pressure was off. Hopefully she learns from the experience. You only learn how to win by first losing.

      Bartoli took her opportunity well but lets hope she doesn’t now suffer what other one-off slam winners did. Li Na, kvitova and Schiavone, Stosur really struggled after the big wins.

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