Monday 8 August 2011

Day 11 - A player that no one would expect you to love

Marion Bartoli

Many people don't like Marion - because of the unnatural serve, the two-handed forehand, the constant jumping between points and when receiving serve. But Marion definitely grew on me with time, and I usually enjoy seeing her fight it out on court. While she's currently on her way to a spectacular loss in the first round in Toronto (6-3 2-0 to Voskoboeva at the moment), she usually plays with so much heart and desire to win, that I just can't help but root for her. As for all the unusual things she does - if that's what helps her get to the top, what's wrong with that? Not everyone can play like Marion's favorite player, Roger Federer (Happy birthday, Roger, by the way :)).

P.S. You might notice that I skipped days 9-10. That's because I almost haven't watched any now-retired players, so I can't really pick a favorite. Honorable mention goes to Elena Dementieva, whom I liked very much.

(Photos: Getty Images, AP Photo)

1 comment:

  1. I honestly can't stand Bartoli's demeanor on court. I mean, seriously, jumping (jumping, not hopping!) and moving your racket wildly back and forth when your opponent is in the middle of the service action? I don't care for her weird style and game, but this just drives me crazy.

    For me it's Nadal, since I'm a huge Federer fan. I actually root for him in games vs. Djokovic and such.