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Lighter
Jan 23rd, 2013, 08:52 AM
Need to be confirmed.....Confirmation today.

But it seems that Marion will be in French fed cup team for the tie vs Germany :
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Bartoli-retour-des-l-allemagne/344609

Alizé Molik
Jan 23rd, 2013, 10:48 PM
omg j'en crois pas!

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 24th, 2013, 05:00 AM
If I understand what the article says, Marion is still standing firm about her dad? So wouldn't that mean they're considering agreeing to bring him in too? Or am I getting things wrong?

I hope it's true, anyway. I thought Mauresmo said there was no chance.

Lighter
Jan 24th, 2013, 06:23 AM
Journalist who wrote the news is really serious. I'm sure that he has good sources. He said that an agreement has been found. But of course, he can't say more. Amelie has still 7 days before to send her list to ITF.

Lighter
Jan 24th, 2013, 11:21 AM
From l'équipe printed editions of today, Marion trained in Roland Garros yesterday. She apparently crossed Pauline Parmentier, but nothing else....no hello, no words. Tomorrow, french players will have a meeting. With or without Marion, that's the question.

Lighter
Jan 24th, 2013, 03:51 PM
If you watch this video, it seems weird to think that Marion will be in the team for the tie vs Germany :

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Amélie is now in the plane back to France.

marco burini
Jan 24th, 2013, 08:11 PM
From l'équipe printed editions of today, Marion trained in Roland Garros yesterday. She apparently crossed Pauline Parmentier, but nothing else....no hello, no words. Tomorrow, french players will have a meeting. With or without Marion, that's the question.

Very strange attitude !

marco burini
Jan 24th, 2013, 08:11 PM
Need to be confirmed.....Confirmation today.

But it seems that Marion will be in French fed cup team for the tie vs Germany :
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Bartoli-retour-des-l-allemagne/344609

:)

Lighter
Jan 24th, 2013, 10:29 PM
Very strange attitude !Not really. They have nothing in common. Anyways, Amélie is the only person able to make the link between them.

Lighter
Jan 26th, 2013, 07:37 AM
Marion without her dad yesterday in Roland Garros......and maybe during the whole tournament?
To be confirmed.

Lighter
Jan 26th, 2013, 12:44 PM
Press conference at 5:00 pm.

Lighter
Jan 26th, 2013, 03:45 PM
R2 vs McHale or Parmentier : https://twitter.com/MattBarbarin/status/295210448394002432

Concerning fed cup, "no words" : https://twitter.com/MattBarbarin/status/295209398257729538

heejin
Jan 26th, 2013, 09:52 PM
Press conference at 5:00 pm.

What about this supposed pres conference ?

Lighter
Jan 26th, 2013, 10:09 PM
What about this supposed pres conference ?Fed cup question. This is why a lot of journalists came. But the answer was "no words" from Marion.

Lighter
Jan 27th, 2013, 08:16 AM
Article in printed edition of "Le Parisien" : Bartoli en fed cup, c'est chaud

heejin
Jan 27th, 2013, 12:58 PM
Article in printed edition of "Le Parisien" : Bartoli en fed cup, c'est chaud


Réponse mercredi donc ...

Lighter
Jan 27th, 2013, 02:09 PM
Réponse mercredi donc ...Official announcement on wednesday. Rumours are inflating from different sources, lequipe.fr (Julien Reboulet), Bruno Cuaz from Eurosport, Patrice Dominguez on RMC,....Even Patrice Hagelauer seems positive in newspapers. They all can be wrong. But these people are generally well informed.

Lighter
Jan 27th, 2013, 03:27 PM
Some pics shooted yesterday : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.522623151110674.118387.161776843861975&type=3&l=4771966812

Ferg
Jan 28th, 2013, 06:14 PM
what the fuck..

Lighter
Jan 28th, 2013, 06:17 PM
R2 vs Christina McHale who crushed Pauline Parmentier 6/4 6/1.

Marion's press conference today : of course questions about fed cup. She answered that "...team will be announced..." by Momo. "Press conference is about Paris tournament, not about fed cup". "You have still 2 days to wait. 48 hours is not so long."

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Bartoli-a-hate-d-y-etre/346067

Also some questions about doping.....

Lighter
Jan 28th, 2013, 06:18 PM
what the fuck..About what ?

Ferg
Jan 28th, 2013, 06:40 PM
About Fed Cup :lol: I thought it seemed a certainty that she would never play it again and now suddenly shes about to be named on the team out of the blue :lol: So random!

Lighter
Jan 28th, 2013, 07:15 PM
About Fed Cup :lol: I thought it seemed a certainty that she would never play it again and now suddenly shes about to be named on the team out of the blue :lol: So random!You know, in France, nobody understands what happened. We have to wait for confirmation on wednesday. That's crazy, but more and more for real.

Singleniacki
Jan 28th, 2013, 09:28 PM
This is strange.

Please kill McHale next round too.

Lighter
Jan 29th, 2013, 08:22 AM
In l'équipe printed edition of today, Marion also answered a question about her dad :
- "If my dad wasn't there, this is pure coincidence"
She hit the ball with french player n 35 and future lawyer Charles Antoine Brezac.

Lighter
Jan 30th, 2013, 10:19 AM
Limoges and "le palais des sports de Beaublanc" will be location of Marion's comeback in fed cup.

Ferg
Jan 30th, 2013, 06:04 PM
I left the computer in absolute disgust when she was 4-5* 0-40 down. Come back to see shes won the set 7-5 :rolls:

Singleniacki
Jan 30th, 2013, 06:09 PM
One of the best points i've ever seen Marion play to save the 4th SP

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 30th, 2013, 06:14 PM
She played some amazing tennis in general to win that game at 4-5, 0-40. Some groundstrokes right into the corners, then she hit a Sampras like running one-handed forehand (lol), and there was also a great two hander drop volley on a ball that was about to bounce. She is so talented.

Djezonfly
Jan 30th, 2013, 06:15 PM
They just showed on TV parts of the exhbition match she played last night with Amélie, Alizé, Kristina and Caroline. Watching her high fiving Alizé and dancing with all the girls feel so weird :sobbing:

Singleniacki
Jan 30th, 2013, 06:20 PM
OMG I wanna watch it :hearts:

Singleniacki
Jan 30th, 2013, 06:35 PM
Was walter there today? :scared:

Lighter
Jan 30th, 2013, 06:59 PM
Was walter there today? :scared:As said before, nobody saw him in Roland Garros during training sessions.

No dad, no mum, no bro, no grandda, this is the first time in Paris.

Marionated
Jan 30th, 2013, 07:17 PM
Didn't see the match. Happy to read that she played well.

:scared: about the QF vs Barthel. She has a huge game on any court and with this being fast indoor, I can certainly see her pulling off the win.

Lighter
Jan 30th, 2013, 08:58 PM
MP and famous one hand FH on SP here : http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xx5f84_open-gdf-suez-2013-le-double-bonheur-de-marion-bartoli_sport#.UQmSVUojgow

Lighter
Jan 31st, 2013, 11:34 AM
As expected, Marion's comeback in fed cup team is on l'équipe cover today. All the story is now well known.

The big question is : who will be the next coach in Doha ?
She answered that she still hasn't thought about a new training structure.

Singleniacki
Jan 31st, 2013, 12:46 PM
Could you give us a run down of the article? So Walter won't be present at Fe cup?

Lighter
Jan 31st, 2013, 01:55 PM
Could you give us a run down of the article? So Walter won't be present at Fed cup?These articles are about process which leads to a gentlewomen agreement. With a big focus on dad's role. Nobody saw him in Paris as Marion has trained with Momo and Charles Antoine Brezac.

So, nobody knows what's going to happen from next thursday. Momo said she has only discussed with Marion since Melbourne. The fact is that nobody expected this decision except Momo who have always got the feeling.

Her dad won't be in Limoges to help Marion prepare for her matches. But he will be allowed to attend, but only as a family member fom thursday evening. Momo said that she doesn't know if he will come. Marion is the only one to know. But she told nothing.

lupojohn
Jan 31st, 2013, 03:22 PM
These articles are about process which leads to a gentlewomen agreement. With a big focus on dad's role. Nobody saw him in Paris as Marion has trained with Momo and Charles Antoine Brezac.

So, nobody knows what's going to happen from next thursday. Momo said she has only discussed with Marion since Melbourne. The fact is that nobody expected this decision except Momo who have always got the feeling.

Her dad won't be in Limoges to help Marion prepare for her matches. But he will be allowed to attend, but only as a family member fom thursday evening. Momo said that she doesn't know if he will come. Marion is the only one to know. But she told nothing.

It's about time she broke from her dad a little.

Lighter
Jan 31st, 2013, 04:14 PM
It's about time she broke from her dad a little.Your feeling is shared by so many people in France and in the world. But all the results she had were with dad. Her dad is everything for her. She even sent him a kiss at the TV after her win over Xtina.
It was not an easy decision. A lot of people have been waiting for that decision since 2007....But what will be the future?

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 1st, 2013, 06:15 PM
Damn, she just lost the first set tiebreak to Barthel, after having I think 4 set points. It was strange because after dumping a return into the net on the first set point, you could tell she was very nervous from her facial expression. Like "I needed to hit a winner and win the set there." it's strange to not feel confident when you have 3 more set points, 2 of them on your serve. Then she served 2 double faults :sad: , and Barthel played a good point to save the next one.

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 1st, 2013, 06:59 PM
6-7, 4-6 :sad:

Seemed like a comeback was on the cards when Marion saved 3 match points in the final game, but Barthel served it out. I mean it wasn't exactly easy just to reach the tiebreak in the 1st, but you have to think she should have won it with at least those 2 set points on serve. It seemed like she had too much respect for Barthel when she served those two doubles. I know she lost to her before, but it was only the one loss. Oh well.

jedw
Feb 1st, 2013, 07:11 PM
Damn .. I was sure she was in control at 6-2 in the tiebreak. :(

Marionated
Feb 1st, 2013, 08:44 PM
Feared this might happen but consecutive double faults on set points :facepalm: X 100

She couldn't return first or second serves today. Of course standing so far inside the baseline to return such a big serve on a indoor court doesn't exactly help.

She looked like she might be able to fight it out in the last game, but missed a complete sitter at deuce and an ace ensured the victory for Barthel, and now with Kvitova losing, the title was pretty much there for the taking :sad:

She's been training so hard but we've seen it on court yet. So disappointing; we can only hope the Fed Cup atmosphere will bring out her best next week as she didn't exactly have a lot to work with today.

Lighter
Feb 5th, 2013, 09:16 AM
1st pic : http://twitter.com/AmeMauresmo/status/298098647218937856/photo/1

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BCMPI-fCYAAI67h.jpg

and many videos here : http://limousin.france3.fr/2013/02/04/fed-cup-premiere-seance-d-entrainement-pour-les-bleues-limoges-ce-lundi-matin-193725.html

Lighter
Feb 5th, 2013, 04:40 PM
1st time since october 2004 :

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BCVvNTACUAEiSLm.jpg

Lighter
Feb 6th, 2013, 08:12 AM
Marion with Momo :

http://www.lepopulaire.fr/photoSRC/bqUyVelNbWe1aAxBwXruFG8LIKncgI5EqzxysNngmzhLQqc95E Y68d5L1WxH7gOSe4AgvLt9FhffSVHCrA9xuoG6bA--_/tennis-fed-cup-france_999717.jpeg

Link : www.lepopulaire.fr/limousin/sports/actualite/tennis/2013/02/05/marion-bartoli-il-y-a-vraiment-une-super-ambiance-dans-le-groupe-1432854.html

leviathane
Feb 6th, 2013, 08:43 PM
Marion with Momo :

http://www.lepopulaire.fr/photoSRC/bqUyVelNbWe1aAxBwXruFG8LIKncgI5EqzxysNngmzhLQqc95E Y68d5L1WxH7gOSe4AgvLt9FhffSVHCrA9xuoG6bA--_/tennis-fed-cup-france_999717.jpeg

Link : www.lepopulaire.fr/limousin/sports/actualite/tennis/2013/02/05/marion-bartoli-il-y-a-vraiment-une-super-ambiance-dans-le-groupe-1432854.html

Cool :)

Lighter
Feb 7th, 2013, 11:44 AM
Marion has been ill for 2 days : http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Bartoli-tres-incertaine/348499

She probably won't be ready for the 1st day. Final decision before tomorrow 11:30 am

Lighter
Feb 8th, 2013, 10:09 AM
As expected, Marion is officially out.

Ferg
Feb 8th, 2013, 04:04 PM
Thats disappointing..

Lighter
Feb 8th, 2013, 04:16 PM
Thats disappointing..That's disappointing for everybody. FFT expected 20 journalists when 70 were there this morning at the draw.

Lol...some journalists try to find dude who gave flu to Marion.
1st idea : Razzano who had flu last week in Paris. And Razzano answered it wasn't her : "I won't tell you who is dude".
https://twitter.com/ericsalliot/status/299907877320142848

leviathane
Feb 8th, 2013, 06:11 PM
DAmn !

Will she play in Doha, next week ?

Lighter
Feb 8th, 2013, 07:05 PM
DAmn !

Will she play in Doha, next week ?Momo said that she will stay in Limoges saturday and sunday. And i suppose that she will fly to Doha sunday evening.

The question is : with dad or someone else ?

Except yesterday evening for dinner, she has been invisible since tuesday afternoon, even for journalists.

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 8th, 2013, 08:36 PM
:sad:

Singleniacki
Feb 10th, 2013, 04:28 AM
Doha draw is out, Marion's draw is super tough.

R1: Schiavone
R2: Kuznetsova
R3: Jankovic/Stosur
QF: Maria

Ferg
Feb 10th, 2013, 10:57 AM
Tough but not impossible. Doha is quick and Fran is playing her worst ever. I think Svetlana is an ok match up for her... She should have beaten Sam here last year.

Lighter
Feb 10th, 2013, 01:06 PM
As expected, Marion won't go in Doha with dad. She will go with a physical trainer from FFT Nicolas Perrote.

Singleniacki
Feb 10th, 2013, 07:10 PM
what? :speakles:

Lighter
Feb 10th, 2013, 07:22 PM
what? :speakles:She's going to Doha with Urpi and Perrote.

Singleniacki
Feb 10th, 2013, 07:25 PM
This is still a surprise to me. I dont get why dad has randomly dropped out of the picture. Is if forever?

Singleniacki
Feb 10th, 2013, 07:36 PM
Don't worry just saw the thread in GM :speakles:

Lighter
Feb 10th, 2013, 08:18 PM
Don't worry just saw the thread in GM :speakles:No problems. If you read my previous posts, it was something that i felt during Paris tournament.

Anyway, she already tried it last year in Brussels and in RG. It didn't work. Hope this time it will work.

leviathane
Feb 10th, 2013, 09:29 PM
Ok. Marion with FFT :tape:
:confused:
Wait and see ...

Lighter
Feb 10th, 2013, 09:40 PM
Interview in French : http://www.welovetennis.fr/interviews/62020-marion-bartoli-on-a-beaucoup-discute-avec-mon-papa

Next tournaments : Doha, Dubai, IW and Miami.

I guess she forgot Monterrey.

She also said she's not under contract with FFT. She can choose whoever she wants as coach.

Sum up in English : http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/02/bartoli-and-dad-end-coaching-relationship/46370/#.URgo-Wh2DfJ

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 11th, 2013, 04:35 AM
I've always supported Marion's right to choose her coach, when people have criticised her for continuing to be coached by her father. Some people think all tennis dads are controlling monsters, or all players coached by their parents are immature, etc. But everyone is different, and I think the player herself knows what works best, more than we the fans.

But since this is her decision, it's exciting news. Maybe she knew that she'd reached her potential with her father, and wondered "can I do better with the right coach?" You can't know the answer until maybe a year later, so it's a big risk late in her career. It shows she wants success at a major very badly. :)

Lighter
Feb 11th, 2013, 09:09 AM
I've always supported Marion's right to choose her coach, when people have criticised her for continuing to be coached by her father. Some people think all tennis dads are controlling monsters, or all players coached by their parents are immature, etc. But everyone is different, and I think the player herself knows what works best, more than we the fans.

But since this is her decision, it's exciting news. Maybe she knew that she'd reached her potential with her father, and wondered "can I do better with the right coach?" You can't know the answer until maybe a year later, so it's a big risk late in her career. It shows she wants success at a major very badly. :)Today a big article in "le Parisien" printed edition. Lionel Chami, the journalist gave 2 main reasons :
- feeling of routine with her dad
- no improvement in her game (feeling of stagnation)

She explained that physical preparation she followed during winter was the toughest of whole career. And she was probably disappointed enough after her defeat vs Makarova to go toward Momo.

Grininel
Feb 11th, 2013, 10:20 AM
Daddy's girl is leaving home!

I've been thinking their relationship is not very comfortable any more.

It's definitely a good decision.

Not just for her career, but for the rest of her life.

Lighter
Feb 11th, 2013, 03:11 PM
Funny things in l'equipe printed edition. Marion's new situation is more important than fed cup defeat.

I know that Christine Thomas is always very well informed about Marion. But imo, many things are not very clear :
- As she knows dad, she apparently got in touch with him. And he asked for time. Some people guess he's still a bit chocked.
- She has a secret source who's speaking a lot. And this source explains that Marion is going too fast, even for FFT. And she asks for too many things at the same time. That's why fft asked Perrote in emergency to go in Doha With Marion.
- Xavier Moreau who will be new physical trainer has organized physical tests. And his conclusions are that he understands now why she's a top 10 player.

XM : "....elle a passé des tests physiques, et au vu des résultats, ce n'est pas étonnant qu'elle soit 10ème mondiale. Ses qualités sont très au-dessus des autres. Ceux qui disaient qu'elle bossait n'importe comment avec son père disaient des conneries....."

Translation on twitter by Carole Bouchard from lequipe.fr :
https://twitter.com/carole_bouchard/status/300963595796217856
https://twitter.com/carole_bouchard/status/300963865812930560

Doha next.

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 12th, 2013, 02:26 AM
Thanks Lighter. That's really interesting. Maybe the FFT will adopt Walter's training methods? :p That would be hilarious.

But I hope that she can continue her normal training methods without her father, and the new team will suggest things to improve what she already does well. Like adding a new tennis brain, to give her different strategies for beating players she always struggles with. I worry that somebody new would just say "stop all that nonsense you learnt with your dad, and learn everything again, from the textbook." Which could ruin her game completely.

So I'm relieved to read what Xavier Moreau said.

Singleniacki
Feb 12th, 2013, 03:00 AM
In other news Marion vs. Fran tonight, bad H2H I think

Pax
Feb 12th, 2013, 02:23 PM
Wasn't Bartoli ill during the Fed Cup? Now she is playing... lol

Lighter
Feb 12th, 2013, 02:32 PM
Wasn't Bartoli ill during the Fed Cup? Now she is playing... lolshe had flu with fever last tuesday and wednesday and didn't train. As expected, start was slow : 1-4 and 2-5. And she started to play a better game.

Marion : 7-6 6-3

Next : Kuzzy.

Pax
Feb 12th, 2013, 03:32 PM
She is an amazing fighter :)

Ferg
Feb 12th, 2013, 05:20 PM
Great win.

misty1
Feb 12th, 2013, 08:28 PM
Wasn't Bartoli ill during the Fed Cup? Now she is playing... lol

she had the flu which does usually tend to last a couple days so if she's better now is that really such a surprise

great fight from marion today as always

i know people rank sharapova as the top fighter on tour but to me its marion for sure.

Lighter
Feb 12th, 2013, 09:10 PM
Last games :

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Kuti Kis&Monica
Feb 13th, 2013, 08:38 AM
Here's an italian interview

http://www.oktennis.it/wordpress/marion-bartoli-intervista-wta-doha-primo-turno/15128

Lighter
Feb 13th, 2013, 09:19 AM
Here's an italian interview

http://www.oktennis.it/wordpress/marion-bartoli-intervista-wta-doha-primo-turno/15128Thks and in English here : http://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/splitting-with-dad-was-tough-marion-bartoli-says/story-fndkzym4-1226576681300

Lighter
Feb 13th, 2013, 09:36 AM
Fed cup draw : France vs Kazakhstan in France. Good new for Marion.

Lighter
Feb 13th, 2013, 12:12 PM
Beginning of 1st set here :

4urJs6babOg

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 14th, 2013, 07:36 AM
Disappointing that Kuznetsova beat her after she lead in the first set, but I expected her to lose to Schiavone.

Interesting interview with her... she seems to be saying she's not sure she needs a coach. I hope that's just hyperbole. Surely the advantage of changing the team is to have new people, with new ideas of how to play on the court? Not more physical training? Although you can never be too fit.

I'm a bit confused. It sounds more like she just doesn't want her dad always there watching, which is understandable. But being your own person doesn't mean never listening to other people's advice again.

Singleniacki
Feb 16th, 2013, 01:53 PM
brutal dubai draw too.

she's gonna start tumbling down the rankings if she doesnt pick it up

Ferg
Feb 16th, 2013, 09:50 PM
Ill be happy with a R2 here. :tears:

Ferg
Feb 17th, 2013, 02:51 PM
Sam Smith just said Jana Novotna was there with Marion in Doha? Anybody hear anything about this?

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 18th, 2013, 01:45 PM
Doesn't seem like anybody has heard anymore than you have.

Well she beat Zakopalova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Not an easy match to watch, but the important thing is she won somehow. It will be ugly if she plays like that next round, but I think she will be motivated to play well, because she admires Serena.

Ferg
Feb 18th, 2013, 04:54 PM
A win is good I guess!

Lighter
Feb 18th, 2013, 07:54 PM
Marion's practice in Paris in front of Alizé Cornet, Gabriel Urpi and Amélie Mauresmo. Funny things, she's hitting with Alizé's boyfriend.

O7LfJNmg8-U

leviathane
Feb 19th, 2013, 09:06 PM
Marion's practice in Paris in front of Alizé Cornet, Gabriel Urpi and Amélie Mauresmo. Funny things, she's hitting with Alizé's boyfriend.

O7LfJNmg8-U

Do you know who is the woman in black who appears at the end (between 13 - 14min) ?

Lighter
Feb 19th, 2013, 09:28 PM
Do you know who is the woman in black who appears at the end (between 13 - 14min) ?Kiki Mladenovic's mum.

Ferg
Feb 19th, 2013, 09:53 PM
Serena tomorrow. woo.

Singleniacki
Feb 19th, 2013, 10:56 PM
Would be delighted if she could snatch a win here, maybe it this match can spark something

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 20th, 2013, 02:03 PM
Serena withdrew citing back problems. :sad: I was really looking forward to this match.

I guess she knew that Marion was in such good form and would have easily destroyed her. ;)

misty1
Feb 20th, 2013, 03:14 PM
wel..its good and much needed points so im not going to sit here and say im disappointed because im not

hopefully now she can take out caroline

Lighter
Feb 20th, 2013, 05:26 PM
It seems that Marion misses her dad, especially specific fitness drills. On the other side, she's pleased with Nicolas Perrote. She's calling everyday in order to find solutions. Hope she can repeat Cincinnatti match vs Caroline.

Ferg
Feb 20th, 2013, 09:18 PM
Eh. As Misty said. Wont complain. Wozniacki will tough because of the h2h though.

Lighter
Feb 21st, 2013, 07:43 PM
Caroline was particularly troubled by one shot :
""Usually girls have a first serve and a second serve, but Marion doesn't have a second serve, she has two first serves. Both serves are at least 150 or 160Ks. So you just need to be on your toes. She steps in, she's in the court on your serves, as well - you feel the pressure. But you just need to be ready and know it's going to be coming fast at you."

Pova said the same in NYC.

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 21st, 2013, 08:05 PM
I guess she wants to be like her idol Sampras. :p Obviously he's not a bad person to emulate, but it helps when you're confident and winning matches. I wish that when she has game point, on a second serve, she would just put the ball in play. Win some important matches, feel confident, then she can go for broke on those serves with more belief that it's going to work.

In Paris against Barthel, you could tell before some second serves that she didn't believe it would go in. Surely that is the time to play safer. I really think she would have won this match today, with just some of those serves being good.

Marionated
Feb 21st, 2013, 08:17 PM
I guess she wants to be like her idol Sampras. :p Obviously he's not a bad person to emulate, but it helps when you're confident and winning matches. I wish that when she has game point, on a second serve, she would just put the ball in play. Win some important matches, feel confident, then she can go for broke on those serves with more belief that it's going to work.

In Paris against Barthel, you could tell before some second serves that she didn't believe it would go in. Surely that is the time to play safer. I really think she would have won this match today, with just some of those serves being good.

And the Barthel match too, and maybe even her Australian Open 3rd round match (remember she got that back on serve, only to serve two double faults in the last game).

It's so frustrating how much of a liability her second serve is; this is the worst it's ever been, and she really needed this win to finally get 2013 off to a start :sigh:

Lighter
Feb 22nd, 2013, 01:44 PM
Marion is coming back today in Switzerland. Before to fly away to Monterrey. She's on entry list.

She will travel with Xavier Moreau as fitness coach. And will be coached in IW and Miami by Momo : https://twitter.com/MattBarbarin/status/304658950811443200.
But she's decided to find a new coach as explained HERE (https://twitter.com/MattBarbarin/status/304659758772781057) : "Then Indeed 2 find someone else,cause a year isn't only made by a GS, IW&Miami. It's a lot of tournaments & I need someone every week".

In l'équipe, she explains that she's happy with the way she played, especially during 3rd set except serve.

Caroline about Marion : "I work very hard, but Marion practices 3 hours before her matches. You can't be fitter than that."

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 22nd, 2013, 11:46 PM
Wow, that's exciting news about Mauresmo :D I hope the partnership works.

Lighter
Feb 24th, 2013, 06:29 PM
http://www.10sballs.com/2013/02/22/marion-bartoli-hires-mauresmo-as-coach/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co

At the age of 28 and with her with solitary appearance in a Grand Slam final now almost six years distant, Marion Bartoli has announced a major makeover for her career in a last bid for glory.

As reported last month, the Frenchwoman who currently stands at no.11 on the WTA world rankings but has previously gone as high as no.7, has ended a career-long coaching relationship with her father Walter and now plans to work with former Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo.

However Bartoli has also finally decided to integrate into the French Federation de Tennis system and is determined to get in the best shape of her life. She has appointed a new physical trainer in Xavier Moreau who worked with Mauresmo during her best years.

“When you look at the players right now, if you’re not physically extremely strong, how you can be able to beat them?” asked Bartoli. “It’s impossible. You have to be so fit to be able to run for three hours. Then the next day be on the court and do it again and again and again.

“So if you want to be inside of the top ten, if you want to have the trophies and achieve something, the first thing is to get really fit. For some players it’s easier because they are naturally physically stronger than me because they have their parents who have been champions or whatever. I don’t have that; I know it. It has been always my weakness.”

After losing to Caroline Wozniacki in the Dubai Duty Free Championships, Bartoli will return home to Geneva in Switzerland, which is also the base of Mauresmo and Moreau

“Amelie’s going to be probably my main coach,” she confirmed. “For some tournaments; the big ones, at least. Then of course I need to find someone else, because a year is not only made by the Grand Slam tournaments along with Indian Wells and Miami. It’s a lot of tournaments every week, and I need someone with me all the time.

“But for now the most important thing for me is to improve physically. I feel on the tennis court I know what I have to do, and I know myself extremely well. So it’s not like I really need someone at 28 years old taking me by the hand and telling me what to do. I know how to hit forehands and backhands.

“Xavier was the physical trainer of Amelie, and he took her to no. 1 in the world and to Grand Slams. I can see already the improvement just by working a little bit every day just before the matches.”

But Bartoli was at pains to stress her new regime has the complete backing of her father who previously was at odds with the French system. She still telephones her father every day but no longer will he be the dominant force in her tennis career.

“It’s been a long process,” she said. “I have been talking a lot with my dad about it, of course. I love him too much to really just say: ‘That’s it. It’s over.’

“As an athlete, you have to think about your career when you’re 28 years old and you’re kind of towards the end of your career. Either you just let it slip away, finish the way it is and you’re happy with what you have already done. Or you want more, and I’m the kind of person that always wants more.

“So I felt it was the time to do it, and my dad encouraged me to do so. So it’s not like it’s a split and we are in fight or whatever. We are really on the same page.”