Friday, March 13, 2009

Bartoli falls to her nemesis in Indian Wells

In seven tries, Marion Bartoli has defeated Shahar Peer only once. That was at Wimbledon in 2007, in the third round--their only match on grass. Bartoli was on a mission then, too, and whacked the likes of Jelena Jankovic and Jutine Henin to go all the way to the final.

Today, in Indian Wells, however, it was a return to the previous order, as Peer defeated the 10th seed 1-6, 6-4, 7-5. A quick look at the stats is not helpful; if anything, they favor Bartoli. But tennis victory is determined by sets, not by games, and Bartoli's fans will have to wait a little while to see her again.

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