Serena Williams eliminated from Wimbledon 2011, loses to Marion Bartoli in Round 4

By on Jun 27, 2011 in Europe, Sports, Tennis Comments

Serena Williams lost from Marion Bartoli of France in Round 4 on Monday, June 27, 2011, and was eliminated from Wimbledon 2011.

Serena Williams on Wimbledon 2011 Round 4
Image Credit: Anja Niedringhaus / AP

As noted on international sports news sites, Serena Williams was defeated by Marion Bartoli in the 4th round of the Wimbledon 2011 in London, England, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

Bartoli, 26, the No. 9 seed and a Wimbledon 2009 finalist beaten by Venus Williams, Serena‘s older sister, won the two straight sets against the 29-year-old American tennis player.

Serena, Wimbledon‘s defending champion, reportedly saved four match points before she lost from Bartoli, with the first three match points at 6-5 in the second set while another in a tiebreaker.

However, Bartoli continued to make strong services and earned another two match points and later took the second to take the tiebreak 8-6, beating the No. 7 seed Serena, who had health problems and did not play for almost a year.

“Beating Serena is a dream come true,” Bartoli was quoted during a TV interview after she won, noting that the 29-year old All England Club four-time champion is a “huge opponent” over the net.

“For me to be able to come back after having three match points is pretty amazing. It was not easy mentally to hang on, but I did it.” Bartoli added, as Serena’s lost was her Wimbledon’s earliest lost since 2005.

Earlier, Serena Williams beat Maria Kirilenko of Russia in Round 3, 6-3 and 6-2, and won against Aravane Rezai and Simona Halep in the first and second round, respectively.

Last Sunday, Serena Williams won the 2011 BET Award for Sportswoman of the Year along with football player Michael Vick who was awarded the Sportsman of the Year.

With less than two hours later, Venus Williams was also eliminated from Wimbledon 2011, after losing from Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria also in Round 4.

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