Tuesday, October 2, 2007

A rollercoaster named Bartoli

A bagel was all the carb nourishment Agnieszka Radwanska needed to take Marion Bartoli out in the first round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart today. After she lost the first set 0-6, Radwanska came back to handily win the next two, and once again, we are left asking: What is it with Marion Bartoli?

Bartoli has been injury-prone throughout her career, and just when she would gain momentum, she would have to retire and then miss a tournament or two. When she stormed through Wimbledon, her two-handed brilliance was on display at last. After that run, she struggled, and she told the press that her struggle had a lot to do with being exhausted, and with having to cope with all of the sudden attention. Last week, in Luxembourg, she took out Sybille Bammer and number 1 seed Anna Chakvetadze back to back, only to fade away when she played Daniela Hantuchova in the semifinals. And today, she won only three games after serving a bagel in the first set (the only game she won in the third lasted 25 minutes and had 15 deuces).

Whatever it is with Bartoli, there are a lot of us who would like to see some consistency for a while. She is too talented to keep going up and down like this in her career.

Final score: Radwanska def. Bartoli, 0-6, 6-2, 6-1

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