June 27 and the start of Wimbledon are approaching. The opportunity to return to one of the most beautiful stories of French tennis. In 2007, Marion Bartoli reached her first big final. An edition that keeps a special place in his heart. It is in Legends’ Voice on Eurosport that Marion Bartoli returns to this link between her life and Wimbledon.
Marion Bartoliin his early childhood always considered Wimbledon like a dream. A tournament that switches into the realm of magic. It was the beginning of his love for this sport which will become his reason for living. ” When I was young, I watched Roland-Garros and Wimbledon on TV, I watched all the matches and I saw Pete Sampras win the tournament almost every year. I dreamed of being like him, of lifting the gold tray on the central, in front of the royal box. These were images that would make me dream, to tell myself that leaving Retournac in Haute-Loire, I might have the chance to take my bag of snowshoes and one day take this famous corridor that led to Center Court, with Kipling’s sentence, etc. It was a huge dream that seemed totally inaccessible to me. »
Amazing Wimbledon 2007
It was in 2007 that fate struck. bartoli is confident and has good results. Chanda Rubin, top 10 in the world. Already in the first round bartoli manages to get out of the Italian trap of Flavia Pennetta, who was a formidable player on grass. Match after match, everything seems to smile on Bartoli. ” When it was necessary to finish before the rain, I finished before the rain, when I was on a match that was a little tense and that I needed a break, the rain fell so that I could recover or have a little tactical advice. It was the alignment of the planets. »
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“I’m in my dream”
It was during the semi-final against the big favorite, the Belgian Justine Henin. The circle is complete when she crosses the corridor to get to the court. ” I take my bag and, for the first time in my life, I pass in this famous corridor with the gallery of trophies, which are all well highlighted. The table with the prize list. Martina Navratilova. Serena Williams. Steffi Graf. Pete Sampras. All these great champions who marked this magical tournament. There is Kipling’s famous phrase. There, I see in real life the film that I have made in my dreams since I was a child thousands of times. I am in my dream. But for the first time, it’s true. »
Pierce Brosnan in the stands
Taken by the challenge, Marion Bartoli loses his means. Fan of james bondfate smiles for the Frenchwoman. Pierce Brosnan was present in the royal box. A presence with therapeutic and motivating values for Marion Bartoli. ” To manage to detach myself from the event, I began to think less about it, and just to play for Pierce Brosnan so that he would have a good impression of me. I said to myself: You do what you want Marion, but you have to stay at least an hour and a half longer on this court for Pierce Brosnan to see you play at least two hours. There is no question of continuing like this. James Bond saved me, that’s it. But it freed me, the little girl from Retournac, from the weight of all that, from the center court, from my dream as a little girl. I was just playing for someone who created a lot for myself if he wasn’t from the tennis world. “.
“It was unreal”
bartoli is better in her game, at the end of a second tight set, it is the Frenchwoman who emerges victorious. And there, nothing can stop him. Marion Bartoli enter into a state of grace. ” Everything I tried, I succeeded. It was unreal. I was in the famous zone. The state of grace. I went from black to white in 45 minutes. I put 7 games in a row to Justine who dominated women’s tennis to lead 5-0 in the third. I win 6 – 1, I fall to my knees on the central. I tell myself I did it. I have very rarely found this feeling of fullness. »