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Marion Bartoli Looking to Emulate Idol

Marion Bartoli, the number 9 women’ tennis player in the world believes that she has successful managed to model her play on that of her childhood idol, former Yugoslavia and United States of America tennis player Monica Seles and now she wants to emulate her successes as well by winning the Hyundai Hopman Cup that kicks off on the 31st of December, at the Burswood Dome. Seles and her Yugoslav partner were successful in beating the US pair in the third edition of the Hopman Cup in 1991 and the Frenchwoman Bartoli is looking forward to the mixed team event of the ITF with prize money of $ 1 million, in which her partner is Richard Gasquet, the number 19 men’s tennis player.

France have not been able to win the prestigious title in 17 previous attempts and seeded 2nd, Gasquet and Marion Bartoli are being seen as the most potent threats in this year’s competition and are being touted to bring the title home for the first time. Bartoli has been training very hard for the tournament, working on her fitness as well as speed in order to keep pace with the pacy Richard Gasquet and has been sweating for hours at the State Tennis Centre.

Bartoli is also working on her two handed style of play that she picked up when she saw Seles beat favorite Steffi Graf in the French Open final of 1992. Having grown up with posters of the enigmatic Seles all over her room, Bartoli is desperate to emulate her success in the tournament and bring home the Hopman Cup for the first time. Marion Bartoli is also hoping that this tournament will hold her in good stead ahead of the Australian Open as well, which she also aims to win like her idol.