What is it about Marion Bartoli that--unless she's at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships--she cannot follow a strong win with another win? The commentators like to babble on about her fitness, but Bartoli is fit enough. I believe that the problem, most of the time, is mental, and I cannot help but wonder whether she just puts too much pressure on herself with her first-strike game. As much as Walter Bartoli has done for his daughter, I say (again) that it is probably time for her to get a different coach. A sports psychologist wouldn't hurt, either.
The Marion Bartoli who defeated Jelena Jankovic in the round of 16 was nowhere to be seen in her match against Zvonareva. Bartoli looked sluggish, out of sorts, and lost. For her part, Zvonareva was as sharp as she has ever been, but Bartoli should have performed better against her.
Zvonareva def. Bartoli, 6-3, 6-0