Marino Serves Up Bartoli Upset
Published September 15, 2010 12:00
QUÉBEC CITY, Canada - Two weeks ago she made a strong impression while losing to Venus Williams on Arthur Ashe Stadium, but now on Court Bell she made another strong impression and ended up with the win. Rebecca Marino continued to put herself at the forefront of the future of Canadian tennis on Wednesday, stunning No.1 seed Marion Bartoli at the Bell Challenge.
Marino, who qualified for her first Grand Slam at the US Open and made it to the second round before losing to seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams in a tight two-setter, never lost her serve and broke the No.14-ranked Bartoli four times en route to a 63 61 win in front of her home crowd. She fired a whopping 10 aces in the match, including three in the first game - a daunting message.
"This was one of the best matches of my life," Marino said. "She's the highest-ranked player I've ever beaten. I want to be playing at this level, competing against - and winning - against these players. I have put a lot of work in and maybe this is a reward for that. I can't relax though - I want to go further here."
Marino is just the second Canadian in the last 10 years to beat a Top 15 player (excluding retirements). Aleksandra Wozniak, who couldn't play here due to a wrist injury, has done it four times in her own blossoming career.
Bartoli, who won this title the last time she came here in 2006, was impressed. "Rebecca gave me absolutely no chance," she said. "If she plays like that every day she can be Top 20, Top 10 even. I felt she could put the ball wherever she wanted to and I had no chance to win the match with her playing like that. She served well; there was so much pressure for me to hold my serve."
In other matches, No.3 seed Lucie Safarova beat Johanna Larsson, 64 62; No.5 seed Melanie Oudin routed Anna Tatishvili, 63 60; and Bethanie Mattek-Sands also got the upset, beating No.6 seed Julia Goerges, 61 64.
"I love coming here. I feel good on these courts," Mattek-Sands, a finalist here in 2008, said. "Julia and I had a tough battle earlier in the year so I knew I had to be on my game from the start. I don't like to give anyone a rhythm, so I'm always going to mix it up. I like to use as much variety as possible; if Plan A doesn't work, I always make sure I have Plan B, C and D."
"I should have got the final point quicker but I'm happy with the win, and 3 and 0 is pretty solid," Oudin said. "I think I served four aces, which is the most in a while, and it's some time since I've been in the quarters. That's a good sign."