Selasa, 02 Juli 2013

Marion Bartoli Beats Sloane Stephens To Reach Wimbledon Semis

LONDON Marion Bartoli of France eliminated the last U.S. player at Wimbledon on Tuesday reaching her third Grand Slam semifinal by beating Sloane Stephens 6 4 7 5 in a rain interrupted break filled match.

The 15th seeded Bartoli the 2007 runner up at the All England Club was leading 5 4 with Stephens serving at deuce when they resumed after a 2 1/2 hour rain delay. Bartoli won the next two points the latter a 27 stroke exchange to take the opening set.

That began a stretch in which Bartoli broke Stephens five consecutive times four at love. After Stephens broke to get within 5 4 then held to 5 all Bartoli took the last two games including yet another break at love to end the quarterfinal.

In Thursday's semifinals Bartoli faces 20th seeded Kirsten Flipkens who defeated 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

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Marion Bartoli of France left shakes hands with Sloane Stephens of the United States after defeating her in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Marion Bartoli of France plays a return to Sloane Stephens of the United States in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Sloane Stephens of the United States returns to Marion Bartoli of France in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France speaks with the umpire as it begins to rain during a Women's singles quarterfinal match against Sloane Stephens of the United States at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Sloane Stephens of the United States plays a return to Marion Bartoli of France in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Marion Bartoli of France left speaks with the umpire as it begins to rain during a Women's singles quarterfinal match against Sloane Stephens of the United States at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Marion Bartoli of France reacts after winning the first set against Sloane Stephens of the United States during their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Ground staff pulls the covers onto Court One as rain halts play between Sloane Stephens of the United States and Marion Bartoli of France in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Marion Bartoli of France returns to Sloane Stephens of the United States during their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France returns to Sloane Stephens of the United States during their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Sloane Stephens of the United States plays a return to Marion Bartoli of France during their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Sloane Stephens of the United States reacts after winning a game during a Women's singles quarterfinal match against Marion Bartoli of France at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France plays a return to Sloane Stephens of the United States during their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France plays a return to Sloane Stephens of the United States during their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France reacts after defeating Sloane Stephens of the United States in their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Sloane Stephens of the United States plays a return to Marion Bartoli of France during their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France reacts after defeating Sloane Stephens of the United States in their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France reacts after defeating Sloane Stephens of the United States in their Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France reacts after defeating Sloane Stephens of the United States in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Marion Bartoli of France plays a return to Sloane Stephens of the United States in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

A member of the ground staff carries chairs across a covered Court One after rain suspended play as Marion Bartoli of France plays Sloane Stephens of the United States in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Marion Bartoli of France left speaks with the umpire as it begins to rain during a Women's singles quarterfinal match against Sloane Stephens of the United States at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Sloane Stephens of the United States plays a return to Marion Bartoli of France in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Sloane Stephens of the United States right speaks with an official as a decision is taken as to whether or not play should be suspended because of rain during her Women's singles quarterfinal match against Marion Bartoli of France at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France reacts during her Women's singles quarterfinal match against Sloane Stephens of the United States at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France sits as a decision is taken as to whether or not play should be suspended because of rain during her Women's singles quarterfinal match against Sloane Stephens of the United States at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France plays a return to Sloane Stephens of the United States in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Marion Bartoli of France plays a return to Sloane Stephens of the United States in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Marion Bartoli of France plays a return to Sloane Stephens of the United States in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France returns to Sloane Stephens of the United States in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Sloane Stephens of the United States eyes the ball before playing a return to Marion Bartoli of France in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Marion Bartoli of France plays a return to Sloane Stephens of the United States in a Women's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon London Tuesday July 2 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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