Marion Bartoli reveals what was going through her mind after winning Wimbledon

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Marion Bartoli reveals what was going through her mind after winning Wimbledon

Former French tennis player Marion Bartoli revealed flashes from her childhood went through her mind after she won her maiden Grand Slam title. Bartoli captured her maiden and lone Grand Slam title in 2013 after beating Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final.

Bartoli made her maiden Grand Slam final at Wimbledon six years earlier but easily lost to Venus Williams. "I had a lot of flashes from my childhood," Bartoli told We Are Tennis. "I thought about the million tennis balls I hit on the boules pitch in Retournac, my home village in the Haute-Loire region, and about the trainings in the cold with my dad… He used to tell me: 'You’ll see, one day, before the most important game of your life, you will understand how important these many serve practices were…' He was right."

Bartoli surprised herself with her Wimbledon victory

Bartoli admitted she had doubts at the start of the season so she thought her winning Wimbledon was "kind of a miracle." "Honestly, I cannot pick one.

I don’t only think about the final, I also remember my doubts. The beginning of the season was hard, so it was kind of a miracle to win Wimbledon that season," Bartoli admitted. Bartoli was asked to explain how she felt when she arrived to London.

"I was exhausted. I went from a little virus to another. I suffered from an Achilles tendinitis, so I would sometimes get up without being able to put my heel on the floor. I also suffered from a right shoulder tendinitis.

In other words, it was all going wrong! It was my fourteenth year as a professional player and, to compete with – and sometimes beat – the champions I faced, I had to work even more, because I did not have the same natural qualities. It burnt me out physically," Bartoli explained.