Bartoli Eyeing US Open Glory
Published August 09, 2013 12:00
Marion Bartoli may have achieved her childhood dream when she lifted the Venus Rosewater Dish on Centre Court earlier this summer, but she remains as hungry for success as ever.
In fact, rather than satisfy her appetite, Bartoli's Wimbledon triumph has merely whetted it for more major glory. "Wimbledon was great, but I want to win more," Bartoli said this week in Toronto. "I want to stay on top and will try my hardest every single day to stay there. If I fail I will have no regrets because I tried my hardest."
And the Frenchwoman has already turned her attention to her next chance for major success, the US Open, which begins in a little over two weeks' time. "Of course, it will be tough to win again in New York, but if it were easy it wouldn't be a challenge," she added.
Despite increasing her fame and bank balance, Bartoli is keen to emphasize that her Grand Slam breakthrough has not changed her personality or famed work ethic. "I want to achieve more and I'm already putting in tremendous hard work towards the US Open.
"I like my values. I like the way I am simple and humble and easy to speak to. But of course Wimbledon has given me confidence, because now I've been able to win once, why can't I win more than once? I just want to leave it all on court and see what happens."
Yet for all the talk of staying the same, there has been one difference to Bartoli's world in 2013: the absence of her father, Walter, from her coaching setup.
After being coached by her father since first picking up a racquet, Bartoli Sr. decided at the end of last year that it was time for a change. And while she accepted his decision, Bartoli struggled to adjust, quickly hiring and firing two coaches during the spring.
She asked her father to help her again in April, which he agreed to do for a few weeks before stepping away again shortly before the French Open. "I needed to take more responsibility in practice and when playing matches," Bartoli said. "I looked at him all the time trying to find solutions, but what I needed to do more was take responsibility myself, go for my shots and try to find solutions myself.
"That was a hard decision to take; you can't just split a 22 year relationship overnight. I think because I went to such a low point and then rose back up makes the story sweeter. I've been through some really tough moments at the beginning of the year, but it all helped me get to the best moment of my life."