Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Backspin Links Special: The Best of Bartoli

Marion Bartoli unexpectedly announced her retirement from tennis tonight in Cincinnati following a loss to Simona Halep, ending a career that reached its zenith just six weeks ago when she was crowned a slam champion for the very first when she claimed the Wimbledon Ladies title.

Thus, I present "The Best of Bartoli," in link form:

January 8, 2006 - Act 1, Scene 1 (2006) (Auckland champ)
October 10, 2006 - Revolving Doors (Tokyo champ)
November 6, 2006 - The Curious Case of Kim Clijsters (Quebec champ)

July 6, 2007 - Wimbledon Day 12: Things That Go Bartoli in the Night (defeats Henin in SF)
July 7, 2007 - Home is Where the Heart Is (Wimbledon runner-up)
November 29, 2007 - 2007 WTA Yearbook
2007 - Backspin Nickname Page: A-G ("La Trufflette")

March 9, 2009 - .now for All (Backwards Backspin/Monterrey champ)
July 6, 2009 - Decade's Best: Wimbledon 2000-09
August 3, 2009 - And La Trufflette Shall Lead Them? (Stanford champ/Player of the Month)

June 18, 2011 - Bare Bones Backspin (Eastbourne champ)
October 17, 2011 - A Czech for All Seasons (Osaka champ)

July 4, 2013 - Wimbledon Day 10: The Power of Positive Thinking (Wimbledon SF)
July 6, 2013 - The Most Interesting Player in the World (Wimbledon champ)
July 10, 2013 - Grass Court Awards: Delightfully Different

Au revoir, La Trufflette.



Blogger Leif Mortensen said...

Marion got her dream by winning Wimbledon. A player knows when it is time to retire. If she's got pain it's the right thing to do. The tour looses a colorful person.I wish her happiness in her retirement
Warm Wishes Marion!!!!

Thu Aug 15, 01:26:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Leif Mortensen said...

Another thing - when are journalists waking up and protest against the lousiest TV coverage on the tour - Cincy. ONLY 2 brodcasts from womens tennis yesterday. There are cameraes on 8 courts but it's only shown internally in the press room - ridiculous!

Thu Aug 15, 01:42:00 AM EDT  
Blogger jo shum said...

Ah shocked but not unexpected. Bartolli knows her limit. Ending her career on high. She capitalized on Wimbledon and knew these kind of chances are rare. The way she trained, would have taken a toll. Once the dream was reached why bother anymore.

Thu Aug 15, 07:34:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

As the commentators mentioned on ESPN today, many players (Henin, Clijsters, Hingis) that have retired at similar stages in their careers in recent years ended up coming back at some point. Could happen here, too, I suppose, once Bartoli's body recovers (ala Clijsters) and starts to feel well again.

We'll see. But with Bartoli, it's hard to determine what SHE'LL do based on what OTHERS have. Few players have marched to the beat of a different drummer more than La Trufflette in recent years. Dementieva has never come back, so it's not a scenario that has played for all "early retirees."

It WOULD be a shame if Bartoli didn't at least get the chance to one day return to Wimbledon as a player, and receive a proper reception befitting a returning former champion.

Thu Aug 15, 01:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Diane said...

It would be a shame, but somehow, I think Marion will be content just to sit in the royal box and chat with Jana and Martina. Certainly, that would involve better shoes :)

What if Citizen Anna enlisted Marion to use the Death Glare against The Radwanska?

Thu Aug 15, 11:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Leif Mortensen said...

From one who SAW the Caro - Petra match:

Beyond The Baseline ‏@SI_BTBaseline 7t

Particularly impressed by Wozniacki's aggression and willingness to come into net. Payed off big time and had a good night volleying.

Sounds great to me - go get'm Caro.

And Serena don't be so sure you win today - the radwanska has other plans.

Fri Aug 16, 03:49:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

Diane - All hands on deck!! She did say yesterday that the head of the All-England Club has contacted her about doing "something special" for her next year.

Leif - Yeah, I know. Cincinnati should be more well-covered than it is. :(

Oh, and Sharapova's "Connors Experiment' lasted all of ONE match. He's alredy out! A lack of patience, or the ability to realize a mistake early on? Hmmm.

Fri Aug 16, 05:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger jo shum said...

So high profile! Is it real? Thought it was a rumour in twitter.

Sat Aug 17, 01:00:00 AM EDT  
Blogger jo shum said...

What is happening to coaching nowadays. Stosur also split with Taylor just right before USO.

Sat Aug 17, 01:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Todd.Spiker said...

It was being announced all over ESPN yesterday late afternoon/evening.

At this point, could Sharapova be any less of a deep-into-the-second-week favorite going into the Open? Sort of like Federer, even with his competitive loss to Nadal last night at least give a TAD of hope that he might get it together in NYC.

And, yet, an unchanging Kvitova marches/stumbles on... hopefully not into oblivion. :(

Sat Aug 17, 02:24:00 PM EDT  

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