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Marion Bartoli – Keynote Speaker

Wimbledon Champion 2013

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Marion Bartoli‘s Biography


Marion Bartoli is a French former professional tennis player. She won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships singles title after previously being runner-up in 2007, and was a semifinalist at the 2011 French Open. She also won eight Women’s Tennis Association singles titles and three doubles titles.

Bartoli defeated three reigning world no. 1 players in her career: Justine Henin in the semifinal of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, Jelena Janković in the fourth round of the 2009 Australian Open, and Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open. She also recorded wins over other top players such as Venus and Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Lindsay Davenport, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Dinara Safina, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitová, Samantha Stosur, and Kim Clijsters.

She was known for her unorthodox style of play using two hands on both her forehand and backhand. She reached a career high ranking of no. 7 in the world on February 2012 and again on July 2013 after triumphing at Wimbledon. She is also the only player ever to have played at both the WTA Tour Championships and the WTA Tournament of Champions in the same year, in 2011.

She announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis on 14 August 2013 due to increasingly unbearable pain from injuries sustained throughout her career.