- Wimbledon, Day 12, Plays of the Day
Sleepy Bartoli does a Cash
ESPN staffJuly 6, 2013
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Having a napWe all know Marion Bartoli is a shade on the eccentric side. She said ahead of her semi-final that she prepared by having a sleep in the locker room. She stressed that she does like a sleep and she confirmed this in a pre-final interview. Asked where is the strangest place she has had a snooze, she replied by saying on court during a rain-interrupted US Open match against Maria Sharapova last year.
Hawkeye heart failureDuring the second game of the second set of the women's final, Marion Bartoli challenged a ball on the baseline. The crowd hand-clap started, stopped and had to be restarted as there was a lengthy delay before Hawkeye cranked into life and showed the ball was in fact long.
Tossing it awaySabine Lisicki was a shadow of the player who powered her way to the final and the serve was a particular problem. It was the ball toss that plagued the German and the pattern was set in the opening game. An awful double fault gifted the break to Bartoli and it came as the toss went awry. So wild was the toss, she had to arch her back to massive degrees to even hit the ball and it barely went halfway up the net.
Point of the matchDuring the third game of the second set, Bartoli gave a glimpse of the never-say-die attitude that took her to the title. On at least two occasions, she looked out of point as Lisicki moved her from side to side. But she somehow kept getting the ball back and found a brilliant backhand down the line that won her the point.
An ace finish from BartoliBartoli was on the brink of victory at 5-2 in the second set when nerves appeared to bite as Lisicki broke serve. Lisicki then found her most polished service game of the match to put the pressure on Bartoli. But she answered it in fantastic style. Brilliant scrambling saw Bartoli win the first point and it set her up to close out the match, which she did with a brilliant ace.
Doing a CashPat Cash started the trend when he dashed to his box to celebrate his Wimbledon win way back in 1987. Centre Court has changed a shade since Cash's day but Bartoli was happy to oblige and following her 6-1 6-4 victory she made the dash and climbed into her box to celebrate her first grand slam win.