The most decisive factor in the outcome of the 2013 Wimbledon women’s singles final was the success of Marion Bartoli‘s mental discipline versus Sabine Lisicki‘s inability to manage the enormous emotional challenges of playing in her first Grand Slam singles final. This critical factor was clearly highlighted in my women’s singles final preview after a comparison of their game styles and strengths and weaknesses.
Bartoli powered her way to a 6-1, 5-1 lead in the final before Lisicki began an exciting surge of her own. Reduced to tears as Lisicki’s desire, commitment and emotional investment to achieve her dream, where in stark contrast with the level of tennis she wanted to and can produce.
It was great to see the 23-year-old Lisicki hitting her stride once the shackles broke for the German whose mind set clearly changed once she was just one game away from defeat. The chances of seeing a deciding third set increased point after point, as the level of play that took out each of the star players on her way to the final was back.
The 1.7m Bartoli then served out the second set with an ace to become the first woman in the Open era to win the the Wimbledon Championship without dropping a set. The 28-year-old Bartoli became the player to have competed in the most Grand Slam tournaments before winning one with 47, two more than 1998 Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna, who watched from the stands.
The lessons that you can learn and apply to your game from Bartoli’s unique and amazing success will be featured soon here at OnCourt Advantage.
The 1.78m Lisicki has the potential to be a World No.1 and Grand Slam champion. Lisicki is fantastic for tennis, plays an exciting style of game, possesses a large variety of strokes and is a joy to watch because of her personality and obvious love for the game.
Lisicki will be ranked a career-high No.11 tomorrow when the new WTA rankings are released and hopefully take on all the positives and block out all the negatives from what she achieved at Wimbledon to climb higher up the rankings and go one step further in the Grand Slams.
On what helps her rise above difficult times, earlier this week Lisicki said, “The passion for the sport. I love the sport so much. I miss it so much when I cannot be out there playing on the court. The love for the game just gives me belief to overcome anything that comes.”