Wimbledon 2013: Sabine Lisicki v Marion Bartoli - LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

Wimbledon 2013: Sabine Lisicki v Marion Bartoli - LIVE!

By Jack de Menezes

by Jack de Menezes on Jul 6, 2013 at 9:51 AM
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Ladies Wimbledon final between Sabine LIsicki and Marion Bartoli at the All England Tennis Club.

  • Sabine Lisicki v Marion Bartoli:Bartoli wins 1-6 4-6
    • Bartoli takes the first set winning six games in a row
    • Second set is much the same, and Bartoli takes straight-sets victory
    • Bartoli finished runner-up in 2007
    7/6/2013 8:53:47 AM
  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Ladies Wimbledon final between Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli at the All England Tennis Club.
    7/6/2013 8:45:10 AM
  • 7/6/2013 8:47:05 AM
  • 7/6/2013 8:51:30 AM
  • Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today's Ladies final match between Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli. I'm Jack de Menezes and I'll be taking you through game-by-game updates to today's match.
    7/6/2013 12:47:19 PM
  • With about 15 minutes till we start, let's take a look at what's in the news...
    7/6/2013 12:47:37 PM
  • There's no stopping the smiling German despite Radwanska's cold shoulder, writes Glenn Moore:
    Pressure? What pressure? Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli, Wimbledon’s improbable ladies’ finalists, yesterday giggled their way through their press conferences like a pair of schoolgirls. The duo, seeded 23 and 15 respectively and without a tournament win between them since 2011, were rank outsiders two weeks ago but in their contrasting ways have captivated the Wimbledon audience.
    To read more about both LIsicki and Marion Bartoli, click HERE
    7/6/2013 12:50:20 PM
  • The day that women's tennis captured the imagination, writes James Lawton

    Women's tennis is the anaemic, over-paid version of the men's game. It's not supposed to make the blood race. It can never compete with the majesty of a Roger Federer or the electric impact of Novak Djokovic. It is, let's be honest, taking a ride on the back of a stronger, bigger, more dramatic game.

    Not today, it wasn't. There was only one way of describing the contest which surged and swayed in one direction and then another – one which had Serena's conqueror powering in serves that went as high as 120 mph and then, when infrequently demanded, a second serve guaranteed to chasten Andy Murray. It was an onslaught that drew in response the stunning, subtle grace of last year's finalist Radwanska and so there was no way that you could diminish this riveting semi-final.

    Read more of his review on how Lisicki is attracting the love of the British crowd by clicking HERE.
    7/6/2013 12:53:44 PM
  • The players are preparing to come out, but before they're given a bouquet of flowers each to bring out. Not entirely sure why...
    7/6/2013 1:00:44 PM
  • With the formalities done, Lisicki and Bartoli finally get to warm-up. They'll want to put all these distractions out of their head and get on with the task at hand - that task is only to win the Wimbledon Championships...
    7/6/2013 1:06:17 PM
  • Head-to-head, Lisicki leads with three wins to Bartoli's one. They both have a win-apiece on grass, and there's very little to split the two. Can you pick out the winner? Remember to vote in our poll on who you think will lift the trophy.
    7/6/2013 1:09:10 PM
  • It's Bartoli to serve first, and the 2013 Ladies Wimbledon final is underway!
    7/6/2013 1:11:24 PM
  • Lisicki 1-6 1-0 Bartoli*:
    Lisicki comes up full of aggression and with the crowd firmly behind her - that's if they weren't before - she powers to 40-0 up. Bartoli wins a point back, but she can't return the next serve and Lisicki finally hols serve for the first time in the match.
    7/6/2013 1:47:47 PM
  • *Lisicki 1-6 1-1 Bartoli:
    Now it's starting to liven up. Lisicki forces Bartoli to work for the game, and she gets Bartoli scrambling across the court, hitting long to force deuce. Another unforced error from Bartoli gives Lisicki a break-point, but she hits wide and misses out. She gets a second break-point when Bartoli double-faults again, but Bartoli's there to hold on yet again. A third and fourth chance goes amiss, and Bartoli holds serve after a 16-stroke rally when Lisicki hits wide.
    7/6/2013 1:57:59 PM
  • Lisicki 1-6 1-2 Bartoli*:
    Lisicki's cracking under the pressure here. Bartolii hits wide but it's not spotted and Lisicki doesn't challenge.  She then double-faults to give Bartoli three break-points, and she takes it on the second, fist-pumping in celebration. It's a long, long way back from here for the favourable German.
    7/6/2013 2:01:37 PM
  • *Lisicki 1-6 1-3 Bartoli:
    Nothing is going Lisicki's way. 17 unforced errors so far as she hits long again. Bartoli produces a couple of errors of her own, but Lisicki returns wide for the Frenchwoman to hold serve.
    7/6/2013 2:06:44 PM
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