“Technically Girls are Less Sound Than Before”: Former Wimbledon Champion Takes a Gig at Current WTA Stars

Published 11/10/2020, 9:30 AM EST
SHENZHEN, CHINA – OCTOBER 25: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Naomi Osaka of Japan, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, Ashleigh Barty of Australia, Simona Halep of Romania, Bianca Andreescu of Canada, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic pose for a selfie ahead of the 2019 WTA Finals at Lotus Hill Park on October 25, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Former WTA star Marion Bartoli will always be remembered for being crowned Wimbledon champion. However, the fact that she “called it a day” just after winning her first and only grand slam title is something that is remembered too.

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The French national was known for her unorthodox style of play. She played her forehand and backhand with the help of both her hands. Her style of play was similar to that of former World No.1 Monica Seles. Having beaten the likes of the great Belgian duo Clijsters-Henin along with the William sisters did get her noticed. 

After her career as a player, Bartoli has kept herself associated with the sport. She enjoys commentating and had even taken up a coaching role in Jelena Ostapenko’s team.

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Recently while speaking, she saidI believe that technically girls are less sound than before. When you see a player now in Top 10, I’m not going to mention any names, but you need to have a clear tactic game plan.”

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Bartoli Not Shy in Sharing Opinions about the current WTA stars

 The former World No. 1 took a dig at the current WTA generation of players and addedWhen I used to play against Justine Henin, or Kim or whoever – I played against all of them – there are no weaknesses. You enter the court and you are like what am I supposed to do to win that match?’ It’s going to be so hard because I have nothing to grip on.” In the past, Bartoli has been critical of the use of social media amongst players in today’s world. She also came down heavily on Australia’s Nick Kyrgios stating “he is incapable of winning seven matches together”.

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Marion every now and then speaks on issues highlighting the discipline in today’s players. Being a player from the previous generation, she does see a change in players today.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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