Sarah Day @geowriter
WOW. John Inverdale on 5 live: 'd'you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little 'you're never going to be a looker?'
Marion Bartoli. Maid Marion. Out of shape. Unpopular with tennis journalists who take their cue from the Tours and former superstars of the game who have gone into the coaching business. Marion Bartoli who was unpopular with her own tennis federation because she wanted to be coached by her father and not by one of the hacks - yes I'll call them hacks - who had never won a major in their career - Marion Bartoli is the 2013 Wimbledon Champion.
For all the women and girls who were called ugly, fat, awkward. For all the girls who suffered at the hands of twits like John Inverdale quoted above Marion Bartoli is the women's champion. A Frenchwoman in the land of strawberries and cream. A woman who no one ever considered as possible champion except for those in her circle, those who knew Walter Bartoli understood enough to step aside, that he could not take her where she wanted to go. Especially for Amélie Mauresmo who took the time to know her and to fight her battles for her, who gave her the confidence to stand on Centre Court at Wimbledon and dismantle the fan and media favorite, for all of us who have been declared "other" Marion won this for us.
Congratulations Mlle Bartoli. Congratulations.