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andrewbroad
Nov 1st, 2008, 11:04 PM
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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
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Contents
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1. Photos
2. First-round result
3. Second-round result
4. Third-round TV-report: Bartoli v Mattek

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1. Photos
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Marion Bartoli:
http://championships.wimbledon.org/en_GB/players/wta020631.html

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2. First-round result (Monday 23rd June)
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+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Sabine Katharin Lisicki, 6-2 6-4

A real shame that one of Marion and Sabine had to lose in the first round - and without televisation on Freeview BBCi.

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3. Second-round result (Wednesday 25th June)
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+ MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] d. Tatiana Perebiynis, 6-2 7-5

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4. Third-round TV-report: Bartoli v Mattek (Friday 27th June)
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- MARION BARTOLI [11,DF,S] lt. Bethanie Mattek, 4-6 1-6

The first set was an intriguing contest. Marion was looking to spread Mattek and overpower her with Selesian groundstrokes, while Mattek was looking to take the initiative away from Marion, vary the spins and angles, and exploit Marion's poor mobility with plenty of dropshots.

Marion led 4-2* after Mattek made too many unforced errors for her game-plan to succeed, but Marion fell apart badly after that, winning only one more game in the match.

Marion took a lengthy injury-break at *4-5, for both her right shoulder and her left leg.

After that, Marion's on-court demeanour was very poor: she looked fed up, irritated and tetchy, and kept looking at her father in the stands. With a ton of ranking-points to defend from reaching the final last year - when tennis was such a joy for her - she looked like she didn't want to be on court at all.

Marion needs to take a long break from tennis to sort herself out - particularly mentally.


First set
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BARTOL @ @* *____ 4
MATTEK _@__* *@*@ 6

The match was second on Court 11, started at 15:33 BST, and I saw it all on BBCi.

Mattek serving 0-0: Double fault (second serve long). 0/15. Mattek netted a "tame" forehand on the third stroke. 0/30. Marion crosscourt forehand return + "rifled" crosscourt forehand winner. 0/40. Marion went for a backhand return-winner down the line, but it was just wide. 15/40. Marion hit a deep crosscourt backhand, but Mattek stood her ground and pulled off an amazing backhand winner down the line. 30/40. Mattek dumped a backhand into the net to hand Marion the first break.

Marion serving 1-0: Marion netted a backhand off an awkward mishit lob-return. 0/15. Marion advanced up the court and hit a down-the-line backhand drive-volley winner off a short floater. 15/15. Mattek forehand long. 30/15. Mattek came to the net and hit a short crosscourt forehand volley-winner. 30/30. Mattek netted a backhand. 40/30. Mattek came to the net and hit a low crosscourt backhand drive-volley winner. 40/40. Marion backhand winner down the line died away on Mattek. Ad Marion. Mattek hit a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner. Deuce #2. Marion came to the net, but Mattek cut off her down-the-line backhand with a crosscourt forehand volley-winner. Ad Mattek (BP). Mattek came to the net, forcing Marion to hit a crosscourt backhand pass just wide.

Marion's looking upset with herself, and over at her father. The commentators said they have a very close relationship, and she's only playing for him.

Mattek serving 1-1: Mattek netted a forehand. 0/15. Mattek forced Marion to hit a backhand lob wide. 15/15. Mattek forehand just long. 15/30. Marion netted a backhand. 30/30. Mattek netted a wild backhand off a deep crosscourt backhand from Marion. 30/40. Marion backhand long. 40/40. Marion's crosscourt backhand forced Mattek to net a backhand. Ad Marion (BP #2). Marion came to the net, but Mattek hit a perfect lob-winner just inside the baseline. Deuce #2. Mattek forehand long. Ad Mattek (BP #3). Mattek on the third stroke netted a backhand.

Marion serving 2-1: Double fault (second serve just long). 15/0. Mattek backhand return long. 15/15. Mattek netted a forehand return. 30/15. Marion crosscourt forehand just wide - awkward footwork, maybe blame the wind. 30/30. Mattek backhand dropshot-winner from the baseline. 30/40. Mattek drew Marion to the net with a dropshot, but pushed a forehand lob wide. 40/40. Marion hit a scorching off-backhand winner back behind Mattek. Ad Marion. She came to the net and hit a two-handed backhand volley-winner crosscourt to score the first hold of the match.

Mattek serving 1-3: Marion netted a forehand return. 15/0. Marion hit a powerful, clean off-backhand winner. 15/15. Marion forehand long. 30/15. Marion netted a backhand return off a good kick serve. 40/15. Ace down the middle: just inside the service-line.

Marion serving 3-2: Mattek exploited Marion's mobility with an error-forcing crosscourt backhand. 0/15. Marion came to the net and hit a backhand drop-volley winner. 15/15. Marion came to the net and hit a crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner - off an awkward dipping ball, too! 30/15. Mattek hit a down-the-line backhand winner back behind Marion. 30/30. Mattek backhand very long. 40/30. Mattek backhand return-winner down the line: just inside the baseline. 40/40. Mattek backhand long. Ad Marion. Mattek backhand long.

Mattek is trying to take the initiative to stop Marion spreading her, but is making too many errors. Mattek is also varying her spin and angles.

Mattek serving 2-4: Service-winner. 15/0. Mattek hit an easy backhand winner down the line off a "horrible" high dropshot. 30/0. Double fault (second serve long). 30/15. Marion blasted a crosscourt forehand would-be winner just wide. 40/15. Mattek forced a short return and hit a forehand winner down the line.

Marion serving 4-3: Mattek pounced on a short ball with a crosscourt forehand winner. 0/15. Marion forehand very long. 0/30. Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner. 15/30. Mattek netted a forehand. 30/30. Mattek ran down a dropshot and hit a crosscourt forehand winner just inside the sideline. 30/40. Mattek backhand wide. 40/40. Mattek backhand dropshot-winner - poor forward-movement from Marion. Ad Mattek. Marion forehand winner down the line. Deuce #2. Service-winner out wide. Ad Marion. She netted a forehand - slow movement again. Deuce #3. Marion backhand winner down the line. Mattek had a nasty slip, and limped to her chair to towel down. Ad Marion. Mattek crosscourt forehand winner just inside the baseline. Deuce #4. Mattek forehand return-winner down the line. Ad Mattek. Marion netted a forehand.

I have to say: Mattek is a much better and more graceful mover than Marion. Mattek glides effortlessly around the court, while Marion struggles to get up to dropshots.

Mattek serving 4-4: Marion backhand return long. 15/0. Marion dumped a backhand return into the net. 30/0. Marion hit a backhand return-winner down Mattek's backhand-sideline. 30/15. Mattek forced a short ball and hit a forehand winner down - and just inside - Marion's forehand-sideline. 40/15. Marion backhand drive-volley long.

Marion called for the trainer, and the match was paused pending her arrival. Marion touched her right shoulder, then the trainer did two different evaluations: one where she tested Marion's shoulder by moving her right arm around, and another where she rubbed Marion's left calf. Mattek used the time to give herself a foot-massage.

Marion serving 4-5: Mattek sliced backhand netcord-winner. 0/15. Marion blasted a crosscourt forehand just wide. Marion whacked her leg with her racket. 0/30. Marion netted a forehand and threw her racket. 0/40 (SP #1). Service-winner down the middle. Marion backhand long. Mattek won the first set 6-4 at 16:35 (1h02m).

Marion has collapsed badly: after leading 4-2*, she lost the last four games of the first set. She looks fed up and irritated - opposite to Mattek's body-language - and keeps looking at her father.


Second set
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BARTOL _*_____ 1
MATTEK * *@*@* 6

Mattek serving 0-0: Marion came to the net, but Mattek painted the sideline with a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 15/0. Mattek forehand long. 15/15. A deep forehand return onto the baseline forced Mattek to hit a crosscourt backhand wide. 15/30. Mattek came to the net and hit a "lovely" crosscourt backhand half-volley dropshot-winner. 30/30. Marion backhand long. 40/30. Marion crosscourt backhand wide.

Marion's focus is not on the court right now, and she looked quite tetchy changing ends - almost as if she just wants to get off court and never mind the ton of ranking-points she's defending from reaching last year's final.

Marion serving 0-1: Mattek forehand long. 15/0. Mattek came to the net behind a deep forehand, forcing Marion to net a forehand. 15/15. Marion came to the net and netted a backhand volley. 15/30. Marion came to the net and hit a two-handed crosscourt forehand drive-volley winner. 30/30. Service-winner out wide. 40/30. Mattek crosscourt forehand winner. 40/40. Marion opened up the court with a great angle, and hit a backhand drive-volley winner down the line: just inside the sideline. Ad Marion. Mattek netted a forehand.

Mattek serving 1-1: Marion forehand return-winner onto the baseline - Mattek left it. 0/15. Mattek forced a short return but hit a down-the-line forehand wide. 0/30. Marion netted a forehand. 15/30. Marion backhand lob long. 30/30. Mattek crosscourt forehand wide. 30/40. Mattek backhand winner down the line. 40/40. Marion came to the net, but netted a forehand volley after an inadequate first volley. Ad Mattek. Marion hit a screaming backhand winner down the line. Deuce #2. Mattek drew Marion to the net with a dropshot, but hit an off-forehand pass wide - why not crosscourt into space? Ad Marion (BP). A great rally ended with Mattek hitting an off-backhand winner back behind Marion. Deuce #3. Marion netted a forehand. Ad Mattek. Marion crosscourt backhand return-winner. Deuce #4. Serve out wide + crosscourt backhand winner right on the junction of baseline and sideline. Ad Mattek. Marion came to the net behind an error-forcing forehand down Mattek's forehand-sideline. Deuce #5. Mattek crosscourt forehand winner into the corner. Ad Mattek. She hit a backhand just long. Deuce #6. Mattek netted a backhand. Ad Marion (BP #3). After a long rally, Mattek turned defence into attack and hit an error-forcing crosscourt backhand. Deuce #7. Marion crosscourt backhand just wide. Ad Mattek. She came to the net but netted a forehand off a dropshot at her feet. Deuce #8. She netted a forehand dropshot. Ad Marion (BP #4). She netted a forehand. Deuce #9. Mattek came to the net and hit an off-forehand volley-winner. Ad Mattek. Marion backhand very long.

Marion serving 1-2: Serve down the middle + backhand winner down the line off a short lob-return on the sideline. 15/0. An off-forehand return just inside the sideline forced Marion to hit a down-the-line backhand wide. 15/15. Service-winner out wide? No, it /was/ wide. 15/30. Marion played a good spreading rally and hit a forehand smash-winner off a lob she let bounce. 30/30. Mattek forehand virtual winner down the line. 30/40. Mattek backhand winner down the line: on the baseline (called long but overruled as good for a clear winner).

And that just might be the final nail in the coffin for Marion's Wimbledon 2008 campaign.

Mattek serving 3-1: Marion netted a backhand return. 15/0. Mattek's crosscourt backhand winner - didn't even bounce. 30/0. Marion blasted an off-backhand return wide. 40/0. Marion netted a cheap forehand return.

Marion serving 1-4: Mattek forehand drive-volley just long. 15/0. Mattek opened up the court and hit an off-forehand winner just inside the sideline. 15/15. Marion came to the net, but Mattek hit a crosscourt forehand pass-winner. 15/30. Mattek came to the net and hit a crisp forehand volley-winner down the line. 15/40. Marion came to the net and hit a horrendous backhand volley very long & wide.

Mattek serving 5-1: Marion crosscourt forehand return wide. 15/0. Mattek backhand dropshot wide. 30/0. Marion hit a backhand wide off a deep ball from Mattek. 40/0 (MP #1). Mattek came to the net behind a crosscourt forehand that forced Marion to hit a forehand wide. Mattek won 6-4 6-1 at 17:13 (second set 38m, match 1h40m).

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Dr. Andrew Broad

Marionated
Nov 1st, 2008, 11:19 PM
I remember this match. Marion was terrible. Her serve was nowhere that day.
Thanks for the report.