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 2:37:15 PM
  • 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 1-0 Bartoli:
    What a start from Lisicki. With Bartoli opening with an ace, she battles to earn two break-points in the opening game. Bartoli saves both to pull back to deuce, but a double-fault gives Lisicki a third break-point, and it's another double-fault that gives the German an early lead.
    7/6/2013 1:15:54 PM
  • Lisicki 1-1 Bartoli*:
    Bartoli breaks back immediately, and it's yet another double-fault that gives away the break. Lisicki is having a few issues on her serve, particularly with her throw.
    7/6/2013 1:19:30 PM
  • *Lisicki 1-2 Bartoli:
    Bartoli finally holds service, despite Lisicki choosing to try and hit through her nerves with a couple of big returns. Bartoli finally got her serve working towards the end of the game, but it looks like whoever settles first could runaway with this set.
    7/6/2013 1:23:51 PM
  • Lisicki 1-3 Bartoli*:
    The first entertaining rally, and Lisicki does brilliantly not once, but twice to return when Bartoli comes to the net, but it's not enough as Bartoli stretches to volley back for the point. She earns another two break-points, and although the first goesbegging, she capitalises on the second when Lisicki hits into the net.
    7/6/2013 1:27:59 PM
  • *Lisicki 1-4 Bartoli:
    It's all Bartoli at the moment as she rattles off a game to love. Lisicki is really struggling with the occasion, while Bartoli is a picture of composure and she already looks favourite for the first set.
    7/6/2013 1:30:42 PM
  • Lisicki 1-5 Bartoli*:
    Lisicki settles a little, and she move to 40-15 when she comes to the net to volley out of Bartoli's reach. But she hits long - twice - and now Bartoli has advantage. But an ace and an unreturned serve save the German. Bartoli fights back and Lisicki finds the net when she goes across court for 3rd deuce. Another double-fault gives Bartoli a second break-point, and Lisicki then hits a shot long - she challenges it - but it's the correct call and Bartoli breaks Lisicki yet again.
    7/6/2013 1:39:42 PM
  • *Lisicki 1-6 Bartoli:
    Easy as you like for Bartoli, as she rattles off a game to love to clinch the set. The opening set lasts just 30 minutes as Bartoli powers to a commanding lead, and Lisicki immediately leaves the court to recompose herself.
    7/6/2013 1:42:48 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
  • Lisicki 1-6 1-4 Bartoli*:
    The difference is Bartoli is just keeping her head, not rushing in, unlike Lisicki. When she charges to the net, Bartoli just hits it straight past her. She responds, and it's her fifth ace of the match. But she backs it up with a double-fault to draw to deuce, and she looks close to tears already. Oh no, it's another double-fault, and it's yet another break-point for Bartoli. She saves it, but Bartoli is quick to earn a second, which she doesn't let go so easily and she breaks Lisicki's service yet again.
    7/6/2013 2:14:02 PM
  • *Lisicki 1-6 1-5 Bartoli:
    Everything Lisicki is hitting is going wrong right now, as she goes for a simple volley which goes miles wide. Bartoli is playing with relentless accuracy here, and she rattles off the game to love. Lisicki is now serving to stay in the match.
    7/6/2013 2:17:15 PM
  • Lisicki 1-6 2-5 Bartoli*:
    Bartoli earns to quick points and looks like it'll be a short one. Lisicki manages to claim a point, but another error gives Bartoli two champions-points. Lisicki saves them both! Didn't see that coming, but she conedes a third championship-point that Bartoli fails to take again. An unreturned serve and an ace save Lisicki, and she ensures Bartoli will have to at least serve-out for the championship.
    7/6/2013 2:20:50 PM
  • *Lisicki 1-6 3-5 Bartoli:
    Is the comeback of all comebacks on? Surely not. Lisicki rushes to the line and volleys home for the first point, and the smile is back! Bartoli hits an almighty cross-court backhand though to level up, but backs it up with a double-fault - the 11th of the match from both players. She responds with another lovely backhand to 30-30, but finds the net to give Lisicki an unlikely break-point. Can she take it? YES! And like I said, surely not...
    7/6/2013 2:26:36 PM
  • Sabine Lisicki shows her frustration after losing the first set

    7/6/2013 2:28:13 PM
  • Lisicki 1-6 4-5 Bartoli*:
    Where's this coming from? Suddenly she can't miss! And she takes the game to 15. Bartoli again will serve for the Championship, but there's been a slight momentum shift here.
    7/6/2013 2:29:42 PM
  • Marion Bartoli on her way to the first set

    7/6/2013 2:31:33 PM
  • Lisicki 1-6 4-6 Bartoli:
    Two errors from Lisicki let Bartoli out to 30-0, and she hits a trademark winner to give her three Championship-points...ACE! MARION BARTOLI IS THE 2013 LADIES WIMBLEDON CHAMPION!
    7/6/2013 2:33:23 PM
  • Marion Bartoli takes one of the most one-sided finals in recent memory, but that's no slight on Sabine Lisicki. Perhaps the occasion got to her, but she has captured the imagination of the British public. Unfortunately for her, the smile has turned to tears, but for Bartoli, it is retribution for her defeat to Serena Williams in 2007.
    7/6/2013 2:36:28 PM
  • That's all from me today. Join us again tomorrow for the men's final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Thanks for joining me and see you then!
    7/6/2013 3:19:57 PM
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