27
Jun
11

Serena is outplayed by Marion Bartoli who has her eye on her first Grand Slam title.

France's Marion Bartoli celebrates winning a ...

Serena Williams saw the defence of her Wimbledon title come to an end with a shock straight-sets defeat by Marion Bartoli of France in the last 16. Bartoli raised her arms with joy after winning 6-3 7-6 (8-6) to set up a quarter-final against Sabine Lisicki. Serena, who recently returned from a year out with injury and illness, will now drop to 180th in the rankings. The 13-time Grand Slam winner is only the fourth defending champion in the Open Era to fall before the last eight.

If anyone harboured doubts about Bartoli’s readiness for the task at hand, they need only have witnessed the intensity with which she treated the pre-match knock-up. She was hitting the ball with power, depth and placement – and that continued when play began as she held serve comfortably in games one, three and five. Recently back from almost a year out with injury and illness, Williams was moving reasonably well in the early stages but her groundstrokes began to falter as Bartoli upped the intensity.

 

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