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Marion Bartoli won Wimbledon on Saturday. It wasn't a great match, as many have pointed out, this website included.
Inevitably, while searching for ways to express disappointment at the dull end to the sport's marquee tournament, someone was going to stumble onto that big no-no of a talking point -- a player's looks.
Enter BBC radio commentator John Inverdale, who had this to say to his radio listeners after Bartoli's triumph:
"Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little, 'You're never going to be a looker? You'll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight.'"
We doubt that exchange occured, and not just because her dad probably had no knowledge of Sharapova's existence when Marion was little.
Inverdale later attempted to make amends, saying, "We poked fun, in a nice way, about how she looks ... but Marion Bartoli is an incredible role model."
The BBC also apologized later. None of it stopped...
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France's Marion Bartoli had a career breakthrough on Saturday by winning the Wimbledon Ladies Championship, her first Grand Slam title. As she was celebrating her victory, the BBC had to apologize for commentator John Inverdale who made some disparaging remarks about Bartoli before her win against Sabine Lisicki.
On BBC Radio, Inverdale who has covered many major events for...
BBC's John Inverdale is catching a lot of heat for comments he made about the physical appearance of Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli.
(July 6, 2013) Back when she was a 6-year-old girl, Marion Bartoli pretended to play match point on the Wimbledon Centre court. She dreamed of winning what she deemed the most coveted Grand Slam trophy. As Don Quixote had a quest and dreamed the impossible dream, Bartoli’s impossible dream came true on Saturday [...]
Marion Bartoli climbed into the stands and hugged her father, Walter, who only politely hugged back. A few minutes later, she would interrupt her own on-court interview to say, "First of all, my dad, who is here with me today, means so much.''
Bartoli had just won Wimbledon on Saturday, beating Serena-killer Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4. And this is when a tennis player...
(July 7, 2013)History has been made, and the winners of this year’s Wimbledon Championships attended the prestigious Champions Ball at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel in London on Sunday evening.
The women’s and men’s singles winners, Marion Bartoli and Andy Murray, pose together
The stunning surprise of the evening was the elegantly beautiful women’s singles winner...
Marion Bartoli won her first major title on her second attempt with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Sabine Lisicki on Saturday in the Wimbledon final.
Bartoli, a Frenchwoman who lost in the 2007 final at the All England Club, won six straight games to take the first set and five in a row to seize control in the second.
Lisicki had some success playing from behind at this year's tournament...
Saturday morning bright and early at 9 a.m.ET on ESPN it will be Breakfast at Wimbledon The Ladies Final. No odds maker on the planet had German Sabine Lisicki facing France’s Marion Bartoli in the final at Wimbledon 2013.Of note is the fact that Germany’s Lisicki and France’s Bartoli also form the second-lowest pair of seeded women to meet for the Wimbledon title. In 2007...
Andy Murray and Marion Bartoli certainly stole the show this fortnight with their emphatic victories at Wimbledon. Their good form continued off the court where both looked stunning at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner.
Wimbledon-Women's Final Comparison By The Associated Press No. 15 Marion Bartoli vs. No. 23 Sabine Lisicki Bartoli Lisicki
Age 28 23
Height 5-6 3/4 5-10
Weight 139 154
Rank 15 24
Career Money-x $8,513,782 $2,884,131
2013 Money-x $348,800 $319,143
Grand Slam Finals 0-1 -
Wimbledon Finals 0-1 -
Career Titles 7 3
Wimbledon Titles - -
2013 Titles - -
Saturday At The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club London Championship Marion Bartoli (15) def. Sabine Lisicki (23), 6-1, 6-4. Bartoli Lisicki
1st Serve Percentage 67 65
Aces 2 6
Double Faults 6 5
1st Serve Winning Pct. 79 52
2nd Serve Winning Pct. 37 39
Fastest serve (mph) 106 115
Average 1st serve speed (mph) 101 103
Average 2nd serve speed (mph) 93 82
The third Grand Slam of the tennis season was marked by early upsets, surprise stars and a picture perfect triumph. Andy Murray’s straight set Wimbledon win over Novak Djokovic made him the first male British winner in 77 years. On the women’s side, Marion Bartoli scored her first Grand Slam title, with a dominant victory over Sabine Lisicki. But Wimbledon’s all-white styling...
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Mixed Doubles - Daniel Nestor, Canada, and Kristina Mladenovic (8), France
Gentlemen's Invitation Doubles - Lindsay Davenport, United States, and Martina...
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Women's Championship Saturday No. 15 Marion Bartoli vs. No. 23 Sabine Lisicki Lisicki leads 3-1 2008 Wimbledon, grass-outdoor, R128, Bartoli, 6-2, 6-4.
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