Re: Why on earth is Marion Bartoli playing so well now?
Yeah, I said this a long time ago. I have seen her play like this, on more than one occasion, but she could never quite string together enough of these matches to make the breakthrough. If you look at her record this year, she has some high quality wins: Dementieva, Safina, just off the top of my head; conversely, she's lost some straight setters, and even bagels, to players I do not recognize.
I think the story here is not ability, but consistency. Where did that come from? She often says she's been training and is in much better shape than previously, so that may have done it. This was an incredible day though. Now she'll get some sponsors and a big check and that will propel her do do bigger things.