Marion Bartoli is a French former professional tennis player. She won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships singles title. Bartoli also won eight Women’s Tennis Association singles and three doubles titles. She retired from professional tennis on 14 August 2013. She has a son, Yannick, with Belgian footballer Yaya Boumedien.
About Marion Bartoli in brief
Marion Bartoli (born 2 October 1984) is a French former professional tennis player. She won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships singles title after previously being runner-up in 2007. Bartoli also won eight Women’s Tennis Association singles and three doubles titles. She is known for her unorthodox style of play using two hands on both her forehand and backhand. In December 2019, Bartoli married Belgian football player Yahya Boumediene. The following May, they announced they were expecting a child. She was introduced to tennis by her medical doctor father, Walter, when she was six years old. She would practice tennis with him late at night after school on small, icy, unevenly surfaced courts which restricted free movement and influenced her playing style. She developed her two-handed style on the advice of her father and longtime coach, Walter Bartoli. Her game was based on power and she used her double-fisted strokes to create sharp angles to open up the court and preferred to take the ball very early on groundstrokes. Her return of serve was considered to be her biggest weapon. She often stood well inside the baseline to receive serve, even on first serves, and managed to take advantage of break point opportunities. She also changed her service motion many times over the years. She had an unusual setup for her serves – no-bouncing serves, crossed arms, and crossed her right wrist, which she used to generate speed in which she served the ball.
In 2012, she reached a career-high ranking of No. 7 in the world; she returned to this ranking on 8 July 2013 after triumphing at Wimbledon. She became only the sixth player in the open era to win the Championships without dropping a single set. She reached at least the quarterfinal stage at each of the four Grand Slams. In 2013, she became one of only three players ever to have played at both WTA Tour Championships and the WTA Tournament of Champions in the same year ; the other two being Kiki Bertens and Sofia Kenin. She retired from professional tennis on 14 August 2013. She has a son, Yannick, with Belgian footballer Yaya Boumedien. Her style of playing could be most closely compared to that of Monica Seles, who had a strong influence on Bartoli as a young player. Both Seles and she are left-handed, and that she had a very weak left-hand hands before changing to two forehand hands. In a TV interview during the 2012 US Open tournament, she explained that she was not a very good mover on the court, a state exacerbated by her all-court players such as Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Wozniacki. She said that she relied on her excellent hand-eye coordination and anticipation to work on her fitness and fitness and did not work on fitness and her mobility throughout her career. Her husband, Belgian footballer Yahya, is a former professional footballer.