As was reported earlier today, Germany’s Sabine Lisicki’s magical run through Wimbledon came to an end as she was hammered by opponent Marion Bartoli in the final: 6-1, 6-4. Lisicki was actually lucky the score was even that close, having been down 6-1, 6-1 before winning three of the last games to make the match appear at least marginally more competitive than it actually was.
Lisicki cried on the court during her brutal second set, but she put a more positive spin on things upon meeting with the media after her loss. She spoke candidly about her nerves going into the match and the pressure she experienced:
I felt fine this morning but it’s an occasion that you don’t get every day. So it’s something completely new for me. The walk on court is different. You walk on with the flowers. You walk on together. Everything is a little bit different. The feeling, the atmosphere is different.
Lisicki, who beat defending champion Serena Williams and the heavily favored Agnieszka Radwanska during this year’s Wimbledon, said that fatigue put her at a big disadvantage compared to Bartoli, who hadn’t lost a single set in the tournament:
Having so many hard matches is draining in the end of the day. I think Marion was fresher today. I think that made a big difference, too.
Clearly disappointed, Lisicki said that she’d use the loss as a learning experience and that, despite the final-round disaster, felt she had played a great tournament.