She did it!!
I have just finished watching the Wimbledon womens singles final against Sabine Lisicki and Marion Bartoli.
Marion won her first ever grand slam and showed everyone that if you believe in yourself, back your own game and work hard you will win.
This match showed many great different viewpoints – A couple of points I want to point out from Marion’s side are:
There is more than just talent.
How to win and how to lose
Just briefly Marion comes from a small town in the south of France. there she and her father started playing tennis indoors with multi purpose lines on the floors, not a lot of room to move around and Marion didn’t poses a natural athleticism. However her father who is a doctor, went about working on Marion’s fundamental ball skills and movement from a young girl. He designed many different gadgets to help Marion learn to track the ball.
Walter Bartoli didn’t follow any manual or system he simply looked at his daughter and then went about working out how to help her get the best out of what she had. While it maybe eccentric as some people see it, it was outside the square. They played their own game. Worked hard. Never gave up on their vision.
Marion is really the perfect example of someone who has a very good work ethic and squeezed everything she can out of her game and always works hard. great assets.
Both Marion and Sabine demonstrated how you handle winning and handle losing.
Sabine was overwhelmed by the occasion and couldn’t get past that emotion in time to make a good go of the title. Her game is strong and has a lot of potential to make more grand slam finals.
Next time she will be a different player and person to handle this situation. But what was very immpressive was her ability to acknowledge sincerely her opponent, the crowd and to be open and honest about what happened with out it coming across like an excuse or to take away the excellent game Marian played.
Marion in turn was able to be sensitive and sincere to Sabine as she has also been there. then she acknowledged her team person by person very genuinely. She knows how important team work is and what it takes to get her there – with out a supportive team behind you its impossible. You can’t do it by yourself.
Both women really showed how to win and how to lose – it was a wonderful display of good sportsmanship. And to acknowledge the people that helped them get there. Thats what champions are all about. They know its not just about them, its everyone – everyone is important.
It was great to see two women who were not expected to get to the finals and to see how other abilities can prevail. There was no screeching, no fashion show, just 2 women who had worked hard to get to the finals.
So if you want to be number one 1 in the world or you just want to play a good level of tennis learning the fundamantels like tracking the ball and timing is so important at the early stages and no matter what ability you have you can do anything you commit yourself to.
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