FINAL LOSS

Marion Bartoli has been defeated in the final of Carlsbad Open by Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. Bartoli was given top seed in the competition. Cibulkova didn’t have much difficulty in winning the match and she defeated Bartoli in the straight sets by 7-5, 6-1. The match ended in 1 hour and 35 minutes. Bartoli served six double faults in the match. Apart from the double faults, she also made some other mistakes and gave some easy points to the Slovakian Youngster.

Cibulkova played brilliantly in the first set and didn’t give Bartoli any chance. But, in the second set, Bartoli came back strongly and broke the service of Cibulkova twice to take a lead of 4-1. But, thereafter, Bartoli lost her control on the match. Her service was broken three times by Cibulkova in the second set and she lost the second set by 7-5. After the match, Bartoli praised Cibulkova for her brilliant performance and said that Cibulkova played some fantastic shots in the match. Cibulkova, who won her second WTA Championship, said that she used to get nervous in the final matches in the past, but, in this match, she was able to hold her nerves. As per Cibulkova, her new coach is helping her a lot and she is pretty happy to go into the London Olympic Games after winning a WTA championship.

Marion Bartoli would not be playing in the London Olympic Games. She has not been selected in the French squad. According to the policies of French Tennis Federation, to be eligible for selection in the Olympic squad, a player has to play in the Fed Cup twice in two years before the Olympic Games. But, Bartoli hasn’t played in the Fed Cup after 2004. That’s why, she hasn’t been included in the French Tennis squad for the Olympics. On being asked about her omission from the Olympic squad, Bartoli said that she is hurt after not being selected in the squad. As per Bartoli, it would have been an honor to represent France in the Olympics.