Bartoli: I deserve to be back in final

Thursday, July 04, 2013 /by
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Marion Bartoli, who had failed to win three consecutive matches at any point this season before Wimbledon, says she’s not completely amazed that she made it to the final. Bartoli has gone through coaching changes on four occasions this season, including asking her father, Walter, to return during the clay-court stretch even though he told her last fall that he wanted to retire from coaching. The French Tennis Federation staff, including Fed Cup captain and 2006 Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo, is coaching her at Wimbledon. Walter Bartoli will attend the final.

“I believe as a sportsperson you cannot have always some highs, and you have to go through some low moments to enjoy even more the highs,” she said. But, yes, I’ve been having some tough moments -- most out of the court than on the court, to be honest with you. But I think carry on the same attitude every single day on the practice court and in the gym and whatever helped me to really bounce back and to come back in the great shape that I am right now. Obviously it shows that determination and truth for every single day always pays off.”

Bartoli, who reached the final back in 2007, was asked whether she felt it was inevitable that she would get back to a Grand Slam final. “I felt I deserved it,” she said.

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