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venusdemilo
Jul 6th, 2007, 11:49 PM
I've been wracking my brain, trying to come up with a bigger upset than yesterday's barnburner, in which Marion Bartoli, a plump, cheerful, star-struck (if not by her WTA sisters) French lass took out the top seed at Wimbledon, Justine Henin. The closest I can come, ironically enough, featured the only other woman who reached even a Grand Slam quarerfinal using a two-fisted grip on both sides: Monica Seles. That match was a second-rounder, at Wimbledon in 1996; Seles was shocked by journeywoman Katarina Studenikova.

So what was it, in the end, that enabled Bartoli to rock Henin's world? What reserves did she draw upon to find a way to play her A game on an A+ occasion, against the most consistently competitive, professional woman of this era? I believe it was that, at heart, Bartoli is a nice, simple country girl - an outsider in some ways, humble enough to keep her nose to the grindstone on the job, yet sufficiently impressionable and unaffected to have drawn inspiration from the most unlikely - and easily mocked - source: the presence of a movie star in the Royal Box.

This would sound awfully cheesy if it were part of a plot-line in the sort of novel we call a bodice ripper, and when she walked off the court and told the BBC that Pierce Brosnan (an actor best known for his portrayals of James Bond) had been her inspiration, I chuckled and rolled my eyes along with everyone else.

Turns out she wasn't spinning tales or fantasies. She reiterated the claim in her presser:

Well, to tell you the truth. . . I saw Pierce Brosnan in the crowd, which is one of my favorite actor. I love his movies. I said to myself, it's not possible I play so bad in front of him. Because he watch me and I play so bad it was unbelievable. So I try to feel a bit more the ball (starting early the second set) play more smartly. I saw he was cheering for me, so I said, "Oh, maybve it's good. I kept going and I won, so maybe a little bit for Pierce Brosnan.

Now tell me that isn't refreshing, in its own wacky, You Meant It Was That????? kind of way. It's the kind of story a reporter hates to write, because it doesn't involve the deceased, the demented, the deliciously complex or a puppy that was flattened by an 18-wheeler somewhere outside Marseilles. Sometimes it is what it is, you know?

But don't for a moment think that Bartoli's heart started fluttering, and she began heartlessly flaming Henin. This is one clever little (5-6) player, even though she had never gone beyond the third round at a major before this Wimbledon,and often makes those who watch her think: interesting game, she could be good if only she lost a little weight.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2007/07/ive-been-wracki.html

Pureracket
Jul 7th, 2007, 12:16 AM
I wonder if Pierce Brosnan's into the thick women. She's all but telling him he could hit if he wanted.

CondiLicious
Jul 7th, 2007, 12:29 AM
I've been wracking my brain, trying to come up with a bigger upset than yesterday's barnburner, in which Marion Bartoli, a plump, cheerful, star-struck (if not by her WTA sisters) French lass took out the top seed at Wimbledon, Justine Henin. The closest I can come, ironically enough, featured the only other woman who reached even a Grand Slam quarerfinal using a two-fisted grip on both sides: Monica Seles. That match was a second-rounder, at Wimbledon in 1996; Seles was shocked by journeywoman Katarina Studenikova.

Is he brain dead? What about Lori McNeil beating Steffi in the 1st round in 1994? Jelena Dokic beating Hingis in the 1st round in 1999?

Bartoli was the 18th seed. Not THAT much of a shock.

brent-o
Jul 7th, 2007, 12:33 AM
Is he brain dead? What about Lori McNeil beating Steffi in the 1st round in 1994? Jelena Dokic beating Hingis in the 1st round in 1999?

Bartoli was the 18th seed. Not THAT much of a shock.

He just used that example so he could make a forced comparison to Monica Seles.

azinna
Jul 7th, 2007, 12:57 AM
....But don't for a moment think that Bartoli's heart started fluttering, and she began heartlessly flaming Henin. This is one clever little (5-6) player, even though she had never gone beyond the third round at a major before this Wimbledon,and often makes those who watch her think: interesting game, she could be good if only she lost a little weight....

Bartoli reached the 4th round at this year's French Open.

The rest of this blog entry is head-scratching gobbledy-goop, as one can see from these two sample sentences.

hablo
Jul 7th, 2007, 12:58 AM
Bartoli reached the 4th round at thsi year's French Open.


You beat me to it.

Mana
Jul 7th, 2007, 01:03 AM
Peter Bodo's a cock.

alias
Jul 7th, 2007, 01:45 AM
I wonder if Pierce Brosnan's into the thick women. She's all but telling him he could hit if he wanted.
:lol:
He is, his wife is a little plump.

servenrichie
Jul 7th, 2007, 08:54 AM
I wonder if Pierce Brosnan's into the thick women. She's all but telling him he could hit if he wanted.
Brosnams wife is one of the heaviest and thickest women in Hollywood, but it doesnt seem to worry Brosnam a bit. So I say yes, Marion has a good chance:lol: