Marion Bartoli of France may be one of those least favored winner of the Wimbledon 2013 Championships considering that experts and fans have picked Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and even her final opponent Sabine Lisicki of Germany (who defeated Williams in the fourth round) to win this event. However, her past experiences at the grasscourts at the All England Club paid off (she’s a 2007 finalist) and it definitely paid off big time.
Entering the tournament as 15th seed, Bartoli leaves the Wimbledon Championships with a higher ranking. She’s projected to re-enter the world’s top ten at number 7 once the WTA Rankings are released on Monday. She’s also benefitted from the prize money hike implemented by the All England Club. She’s pocked a hefty £ 1.6 million for her title-winning run at Wimbledon.
“Honestly I still can’t believe it,” Bartoli said during the on-court interview with BBC’s Sue Barker after match. “I’ve dreamed about this moment for so long. For me, winning Wimbledon is beyond my wildest dreams, let alone with an ace – but I’ve been practicing my serve for so long, I guess I saved it for the best moment! I’m so happy to be holding this trophy.
“This has been my dream since I was six years old.”