Will MARION BARTOLI reach another slam final in her career?
Ok, so I'm getting sick of the Marion threads now too, but this is a question I am really interested in asking.
How do people think Marion's career will be affected by this amazing result? Will she build on it and be considered a real contender for future slams? Will she reach a few quarter finals here and there but never repeat this form? Will she fall apart under the pressure and expectation?
This run was just so out of the blue - completely different to Ivanovic's at Roland Garros what with her tier 1 clay court title previously, her age, progression, her handy draw etc. - especially considering Marion had only ever reached the 4th round of a slam once before (FO '07).
How do you think the result tomorrow will affect her career? If she loses, how will the impact be different to if she wins?
This run is a little reminiscint of Stevenson's, Fernandez's, Lucic's etc.. (even though they only reached the semis of their best slams) and they didn't have any real slam success afterwards. However, Marion is a top 20 player, who has been very promising for a number of weeks now, which makes this tournament so different.
Anyway, the rambling is basically asking, 'will she reach another slam final?' and 'how will the result tomorrow affect the rest of her career?'.
I'm really not sure. I think it will be a little easier to decide after tomorrow. I think my gut feeling is that she will make a few quarter finals and maybe the odd semi, but not a final again. But I am NOT going to right her off - look what she proved here! I hope Marion gets herself into great physical shape though because if she can make the final of Wimbledon in good shape, who knows what she could do in peak condition?!