Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE 24 turns 10: A look behind the scenes

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Gambia's Yahya Jammeh concedes defeat in presidential polls

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Gambians herald 'new independence' after Jammeh defeat

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Hollande, the One Term President (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump Keeps 'Em Guessing, Italian Referendum, Austrian Election, Castro's Death (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Far-right at the gates of power in Austria

Read more

FASHION

Discovering the winter 2016/2017 men's fashion collections in Paris

Read more

ENCORE!

Rendez-vous on '42nd Street' as the meta musical comes to Paris

Read more

REPORTERS

Uzbekistan reinforces its tight grip on election and country

Read more

Marion Bartoli wins Stanford title

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-03

World number 14, Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, beat American Venus Williams 6-2 5-7 6-4 to win the Stanford Classic on Sunday. This was 24-year-old Bartoli's first win at WTA Premier level.

REUTERS - France's Marion Bartoli upset American Venus Williams 6-2 5-7 6-4 to win the Stanford Classic on Sunday.
 
World number 14 Bartoli dominated the back court rallies, served and returned with aggression and shook off a case of nerves that cost her the second set.
 
Eighth seed Bartoli served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but played passively and was broken by twice Stanford champion Williams who then won the set when Bartoli double faulted.
 
But the Frenchwoman, thrashed by the American in the 2007 Wimbledon final, kept charging and after breaking Williams to 4-3 in the third set, held her nerve.
 
She fell behind 0-30 in the final game, but then nailed four straight winners, including a big serve down the tee to win the contest.
 
The Stanford title was Bartoli's fifth crown overall, but the first time the 24-year-old has won a WTA Premier level event.

Date created : 2009-08-03

COMMENT(S)