Former WTA star Marion Bartoli will always be remembered for being crowned Wimbledon champion. However, the fact that she “called it a day” just after winning her first and only grand slam title is something that is remembered too.
The French national was known for her unorthodox style of play. She played her forehand and backhand with the help of both her hands. Her style of play was similar to that of former World No.1 Monica Seles. Having beaten the likes of the great Belgian duo Clijsters-Henin along with the William sisters did get her noticed.
After her career as a player, Bartoli has kept herself associated with the sport. She enjoys commentating and had even taken up a coaching role in Jelena Ostapenko’s team.
Recently while speaking, she said “I believe that technically girls are less sound than before. When you see a player now in Top 10, I’m not going to mention any names, but you need to have a clear tactic game plan.”
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The former World No. 1 took a dig at the current WTA generation of players and added “When I used to play against Justine Henin, or Kim or whoever – I played against all of them – there are no weaknesses. You enter the court and you are like what am I supposed to do to win that match?’ It’s going to be so hard because I have nothing to grip on.” In the past, Bartoli has been critical of the use of social media amongst players in today’s world. She also came down heavily on Australia’s Nick Kyrgios stating “he is incapable of winning seven matches together”.
Marion every now and then speaks on issues highlighting the discipline in today’s players. Being a player from the previous generation, she does see a change in players today.