Marion Bartoli Bio

Marion Bartoli , currently the French Number 1, is a French professional tennis player. She was born on 2nd October, 1984 at Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire in France. She is of a Corsican, Catalan and metropolitan French descent. Fascinated by tennis, she started playing it at the age of six.

As a youngster, she trained in a small facility with not enough space. She was supported by her father, a doctor by profession, who even gave up his career to become her fulltime coach for his daughter’s success in the game. Her mother, a nurse by profession is rarely seen in the crowd as she gets nervous watching her daughter play. She is an animal lover and admires Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Roger Federer. Bartoli is known for her unorthodox and intense style of play on the court.

She is right handed and used both hands and is a hard-hitting player, a technique passed onto her by her father, who was inspired by Monica Seles. On using this technique, she was able to hit the ball hard and surprise the opponents and there was no stopping her. She plays well on clay and hard surface. She turned professional at the age of 15. Her double-fisted stroke creates sharp angles to open up the court and prefer to take the ball on groundstrokes. Her biggest weapon is her return serve and she often stands inside the baseline to receive serve. Her style of play can be compared to that of Monica Seles, who had a strong influence on her when young. Having worked on her fitness and mobility, she overcame her initial problems and improved remarkably. Known for her unusual serve, she surprises her opponents by using her wrist to generate speed. Bartoli currently uses a Prince EXO3 Black racquet, which is customized to give her better reach with her two handed strokes.

She won many a tournament in her initial years. Her first win over a player in the top 100 came with the defeat of Arantxa Sanchez Vicario at the US Open in 2002. She earned her place in a Grand Slam for the first time in 2003, but could not win it. She also qualified for the Sarasota Clay Court Classic and the Family Circle Cup in the same year, but lost in the first round in both tournaments. In Acura Classic, she defeated her first top 20 player in Meghann Shaughnessy. In 2004, she got to her first Women’s Tennis Association semifinal, but lost it.

She won her first WTA tour doubles title in Casablanca. She won her second doubles tournament of her career in Pattaya City in 2005. In 2006, she got her first senior title at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand by beating Vera Zvonareva in the finals. In the same year, by beating Aiko Nakamura, she won her second Women’s Tennis Association Singles title. She is currently seeded 9th at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. She was also a runner-up at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships.

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