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Champion Serena dumped

2011-06-27 16:24

London - Defending champion Serena Williams was dumped out of Wimbledon here Monday, losing to French ninth seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

Four-time winner Williams, who has only recently returned to tennis after a year-long lay-off because of health and injury problems, was always struggling to impose herself against her determined French opponent on Court One.

Bartoli was ecstatic after a fourth round win which puts her into a quarter-final against German wildcard Sabine Lisicki in Tuesday's last eight.

"Beating Serena here is like a dream come true," Bartoli said. "She's been out for a year but she is still one of the greatest champions in the history of women's tennis."

Bartoli was made to battle every inch of the way however as the typically dogged Williams saved three match points in the 12th game of the second set to force a tie-break.

Williams saved a fourth match point in the tiebreak but Bartoli conjured up a booming serve to convert her fifth and advance.

"It was not easy mentally to hang on after she managed to save the match points but I did so I'm very happy," Bartoli said.

The first set went with serve until the sixth game, when Bartoli grabbed the all-important break to edge ahead 4-2, which swiftly became 5-2 after the Frenchwoman held to love.

Williams fought off three set points in her next service game before holding to narrow the gap to 5-3. The American was then gifted a break point in the ninth game when Bartoli double-faulted.

Bartoli showed great composure to fight back however, holding off two more break points from Williams before converting her sixth set point with an ace.

The second set went with serve until the 11th game when Williams was broken to give Bartoli a 6-5 lead.

Bartoli's supporters were then put through the wringer as she squandered three match points as Williams broke back to force a tiebreak.

But Bartoli, who had banished her parents from the viewing box during her third round match on Saturday, held her nerve in the tie-break, wrapping up victory when Williams could only return a booming serve into the net.

AFP

Comments
  • GB - 2011-06-27 16:31

    Goodbye Neanderthal

      Kuhle - 2011-06-28 05:56

      Oh that is so uncalled for!

      Reacher - 2011-06-28 07:26

      @Kuhle: It might be uncalled for, yet it so true!!!!

  • Theuns - 2011-06-27 16:35

    OOOOO YES SHE IS OUT!!!! Now we can look at real woman playing tennis.... Now just for her sister...

      Theuns - 2011-06-27 17:55

      OYES her sister is out too...Both these Gorillas can go and have nice steam bath...Convo in the steam room would as follows: V: Eish theeese Estern Europeeaans, eish serious, S; Eish nou..noooouuu...ek deenk me gaaaat is tee dak....eish...Thank you and I hope it is the last Wimbledon for both these two...

      Kuhle - 2011-06-28 05:56

      You're an ass!

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-27 16:39

    Good. Her & her " big sissie " should be playing in the mens section. These two are not women !

      Kuhle - 2011-06-28 05:58

      Aaaaand another whita ass. You guys are on a roll today.

      Reacher - 2011-06-28 12:34

      Well said Boffinbob!!!! I wish these koons like Khule and MJM get aids... :P

  • Gareth Williams - 2011-06-27 16:46

    Goodbye Megatron!!! Lol, now we just need to get rid of Optimus Prime..:-)

      GB - 2011-06-28 08:13

      @Kuhle - that is what both Williams sisters have.

  • Gardener - 2011-06-27 17:05

    And this happened on COURT ONE!!!!

  • Rians - 2011-06-27 17:05

    Bartoli is italian and it is only straight sets if the winner doesn't lose a serve. Bartoli lost hers on 6-5 in second set. Not good reporting!.

      Cereal-Killa77 - 2011-06-27 17:11

      Actually straight sets means 2 or 3 sets to love. They never lost a set. Thats the meaning of straight sets!

      Iceman - 2011-06-27 17:12

      dude...straight sets is when you dont drop a set buddy.

      Piet Opperman - 2011-06-27 17:41

      Sorry buddy, she was born in France, and lives in Switzerland. She is French.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-06-27 18:05

      Straight sets in Womens tennis means two sets to nil, whether it's 6-4, 6-1. Mens would be three sets to nil.

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