Live Commentary: Sabine Lisicki vs. Marion Bartoli - as it happened

Live Commentary: Lisicki vs. Bartoli - as it happened
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Read how Marion Bartoli saw off Sabine Lisicki to claim her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

Neither Sabine Lisicki or Marion Bartoli had ever won a Grand Slam title ahead of this afternoon's ladies' final at Wimbledon.

It was Bartoli who claimed her maiden Slam with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory in her second Wimbledon final.

Read how it all unfolded on a sunny Centre Court in our minute-by-minute updates below.

1.31pmAfternoon folks! After six rounds of intrigue and shock, it's time for the battle for the Venus Rosewater Dish.

1.33pmIt's truly astounding that neither Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova is here today. Both women entered this tournament as clear favourites to reach the final. Serena, especially, was on a 30-something winning streak until her challenge was ended by Germany's Lisicki in the fourth round. It's only right that Serena's conquerer is here today.

1.36pmFrenchwoman Bartoli enters this match having not lost a set all tournament. However, she hasn't faced an opponent in the top 10 because of shocks and retirements around her.

1.39pmWEATHER WATCH: As promised, a heatwave has hit the UK and the sun is shining bright in SW19. There'll be no need for the roof today.

1.43pmLisicki is sure to be the crowd favourite today. She's developed into an All England sweetheart over the last few years, knocking out the reigning French Open champion in her last four visits to Wimbledon!

1.47pmAs well as being the crowd favourite, 23-year-old Lisicki is the bookies' favourite too. She's around 8/15 to claim the title, with Bartoli, 28, able to back at about 7/4.

1.50pmPREDICTION! I'm going to agree with the bookies and side with Sabine today. If she plays to her full capability then she should have too much for Bartoli. However, as was evident in her semi-final against Agnieszka Radwanska, she can have dips in concentration and Bartoli is exactly the type of character who could capitalise. I expect Lisicki to come through in straight sets but they will both be close.

1.54pmAs I say below, Lisicki only just came through her semi against fourth seed Radwanska. Bartoli's path to the final contained less drama as she ended Kirsten Flipkens's dream run at the tournament with a battering 6-1 6-2 win.

1.57pmH2H: The last time these two met was at Wimbledon two years ago. That day it was Lisicki who was victorious by two sets to one. In fact, Lisicki has won three games in a row against Bartoli.

2pmRight on 2pm, both women emerge with big bouquets of flowers. It's just lovely to see the famous old court bathed in sunlight. Just as it should be in July. They of course receive a warm reception from the lucky ones inside.

2.02pmBartoli wins the coin toss and elects to serve, with Lisicki opting to swap ends.

2.05pmIn terms of seedings, Bartoli is ranked higher in the world so is seeded higher than her opponent. Bartoli comes in as 15th seed while Lisicki is down in 23rd. You have to say that Lisicki's seeding isn't a good reputation though because of just how well she's done at this particular event in the last five years.

2.08pm"Time," calls today's chair umpire Eva Asderaki from Greece. We're just about ready to go.

2.10pmThe opening point is won by Bartoli in odd fashion as Lisicki fails to get a clean racket on the Frenchwoman's serve.

2.11pmThere's a few parts of Bartoli's game that are peculiar. She has a two-handed shot off both wings and also serves basically two first serves at the same speed instead of having a slower second one.

2.12pmLisicki displays her bullish groundstrokes by hitting a clean forehand return winner to move 15-30 ahead.


2.13pmBartoli's booming backhand saves the first.

2.14pmAnd the second! She got a fortunate net cord to unbalance Lisicki before putting away the German's overhit drop shot.

2.14pmBartoli then double faults though and that could be costly as it hands Lisicki another break point.

Lisicki *1-0 BartoliBREAK! Another double fault! Two in a row from Bartoli gifts the opening break of the match to Lisicki.

2.17pmLisicki opens her first service game with a clean winner but then duffs a drop shot before Bartoli returns deep and the German can't handle it. 15-30.


2.17pmLisicki's first ace saves the first.

Lisicki 1-1* BartoliBREAK BACK! Nervy start from both women it is then. Lisicki mirrors Bartoli in losing her serve with a double fault after an errant toss.

2.20pmLisicki's on top of the rally at 15-30 but shoots wildly long with a forehand to prevent her earning two more break points. 30-30.

Lisicki *1-2 BartoliBartoli holds serve with a second serve ace down the middle. These early nerves are understandable as both women have a real shot at their first Grand Slam.

2.23pmCan Lisicki now calm her nerves in a similar way?

2.24pmIt doesn't start well for the German as first she hits long after tracking down a Bartoli drop shot before dumping a simple forehand into the net.

2.25pmFantastic point! Lisicki displays wonderful defence but can't come through as Bartoli anticipates well at the net. TWO BREAK POINTS FOR MARION...

2.26pmShe fails to return Lisicki's kicky second serve on the first.

Lisicki 1-3* BartoliBREAK! She gets the second serve back this time though and Lisicki then nets her backhand. She's lost the last three games on the spin.

2.28pmPhenomenal hitting from Bartoli to move 30-0 ahead. Lisicki threw everything she had at that but Bartoli's replies were simply too good.

Lisicki *1-4 BartoliLisicki can't respond to being broken as Bartoli holds to love to consolidate.

2.34pmLisicki has two chances to finally grab a hold but she hits wide twice and is now under pressure at deuce.

2.34pmAnother poor backhand and it's BREAK POINT BARTOLI.


2.36pmLisicki spurns another chance to break and now she has a fourth as she counters Bartoli's drop shot with a better one of her own.

2.38pmShe nets a backhand and then DOUBLE FAULTS and Bartoli has another to chance to break.

Lisicki 1-5* BartoliDOUBLE BREAK! Lisicki's forehand drifts long and that's a double break for Bartoli who will now serve for the first set.

2.39pmLisicki opens the seventh game with a loose mishit forehand and she's already up to 12 unforced. Bartoli has four.


Lisicki 1-6 *0-0 BartoliSET! Another groundstroke into the net from Lisicki and that's a dream start for Bartoli. She takes the opening set in just half an hour.

2.42pmThe most worrying stat for Lisicki is that she's only won 36% of the points when she's got her first serve in. That's half of what she's been achieving throughout the tournament.

2.44pmLisicki went for a bathroom break during the change of ends there and she returns looking like she may have had a little cry.

2.44pmIt looks to have done the trick though as she opens with an ACE.

2.45pmThat's followed by a sublime up-the-line backhand. As I said, the German will have started this match as the crowd's favourite and her predicament at the moment means that they are rooting for her even more.

Lisicki 1-6 1-0* BartoliA hold to 15 to begin the set for Lisicki. That's her first game since the opening game of the match and just what the doctor ordered.

2.50pmBartoli delivers her first double since that pair in the opening game and we're back to 30-30.

2.51pmAnd now Lisicki digs deep to prevent Bartoli holding. Deuce.


2.54pmShe frames a forehand but has another chance two points later. Again she can't take it as this time a backhand loops wide.

2.54pmBartoli saves a third break point with some confident hitting, putting away the point with a backhand drive-volley. Deuce again.

2.55pmBreak point number four...

2.56pmFabulous depth and accuracy from Bartoli off both wings to save it again!

Lisicki 1-6 *1-1 BartoliWhat a huge hold that could be for Marion Bartoli! She saves four break points before clinching the second game of the second set.

2.58pmBrilliant rally to start the next game as both women are pushed to the limit before Bartoli goes for broke up the line. The line judge calls it in but for me that's out and BBC Sport's Hawk-Eye confirms that it was wide. Sabine should have challenged.

Lisicki 1-6 1-2* BartoliBREAK! Dear oh dear, after failing to challenge that ball Lisicki drops serve. A double fault moved Bartoli 0-40 ahead before an ace saved the first. She can't stop Bartoli on the next though as her drop shot is easily reached by the 15th seed who then puts away an easy volley presented to her.

3.04pmLisicki with a big backhand crosscourt and she has pulled it back to 30-30 on Bartoli's serve as she looks to break back.

Lisicki 1-6 *1-3 BartoliBartoli's composed volley, followed by an unreturned serve sees her consolidate the break.

3.06pmThis service game is now a huge one for Lisicki. If she loses it, then realistically that's the match. Win it and she can go and try to break Bartoli again.

3.07pmLisicki doesn't look like a woman who can win at the moment. Her beaming smile is gone and she's now muttering to himself.

3.08pmLisicki's fifth ACE spurs a clench of the first and she now has a game point.

3.09pmUH OH! A fourth double fault soon follows and we're back at deuce.

3.09pmThe crowd crescendo to a huge cheer for Lisicki and she's clearly struggling to cope with her performance emotionally here. Come on girl!

3.11pmA nervy 72mph second serve at break point Bartoli works for Lisicki as Bartoli fails to put her forehand in.

3.12pmThis game is turning into the crucial point of the match. Lisicki wastes another chance to hold and if Bartoli breaks surely that's that.

Lisicki 1-6 1-4* BartoliDOUBLE BREAK! Dear me, what a nightmare afternoon it's turning out to be for Lisicki. She's broken again and Bartoli won't believe her luck. Yes, she's handled the pressure better but hasn't had to come up against much today.

Lisicki 1-6 *1-5 BartoliA hold to love for Bartoli. She's now one game away from the match. The crowd tries to lift Lisicki as she prepares to serve but she must know that she has lost this.

3.17pmLisicki is only 23 though and she'll be back next year, for sure.

3.18pmLisicki misses an easy forehand and it's TWO CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS FOR BARTOLI...

3.18pmLisicki saves the first.

3.18pmAnd the second! Two first serves get her out of trouble and Centre Court's hopes of a bit more tennis are ignited.


3.19pmBartoli nets, but surely this is just prolonging the inevitable.

Lisicki 1-6 2-5* Bartoli"Come on!" says Lisicki as she delivers an ace, forcing Bartoli to serve it out.

3.25pmIt's BREAK POINT Lisicki as Bartoli nets a forehand.

Lisicki 1-6 *3-5 BartoliONE BREAK BACK! An extended rally ends with Bartoli hitting long and that's one break back for Lisicki. She couldn't do it, could she?

3.28pmSuperb off-backhand moves her to 30-15 on serve.

3.28pmAnd then a pinpoint forehand down the line to move to two game points.

Lisicki 1-6 4-5* BartoliShe wraps up the game with her third winner on the trot. Huge pressure now on Bartoli to hold her nerve and serve it out. Can she do it?

3.31pmBrilliant from Bartoli as she survives some heavy Lisicki groundstrokes on the opening point before angling a forehand out of the German's reach.


Lisicki 1-6 4-6 BartoliGAME, SET AND MATCH BARTOLI!

3.32pmIt's a first Grand Slam title for the Frenchwoman and what a place to do it. She will soon lift the Venus Rosewater Dish.

3.33pmYou have to congratulate her tactical nous today. She didn't go for too much and simply allowed Lisicki to get overawed by the occasion. She sprints up to her box and gets quite a stern hug from her father, who has been her inspiration throughout life.

3.35pmLisicki tries to muster a trademark smile in her chair but she's absolutely devastated. I'd be amazed if she doesn't break down in her runner-up speech.

3.37pmThanks for joining Sports Mole this afternoon for what turned out to be a much shorter final than expected. Just one hour and 20 minutes it took for Bartoli to claim her maiden Slam. Make sure you stick around on SM for plenty of reaction throughout the day and be sure to come back tomorrow for the men's final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Commentary for that one will be live from 1.30pm. See you then.

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