WIMBLEDON -- It’s something of a cliché to discuss the obstacles that athletes have overcome to reach the pinnacle of their respective sports. Yet, if not for encountering difficulty along the way they might not have developed the determination that pushes them on the field, ice or tennis court, and both women who will play in Saturday’s
“I believe that what does not kill you makes you stronger, and I just was able to come back stronger,” said Bartoli, who was the runner-up to
"Now I'm just so happy again and so smiley," added Bartoli, who went through two coaches before finding a good coaching fit with 2006 Wimbledon winner Amelie Mauresmo.
"I'm having a great time off the court. I'm having an awesome time on the court. Everything is perfect again."
"My parents did everything possible to let me play tennis. That's what I appreciated so much," she said. "My dad has worked from 8 in the morning til 9 in the evening to make it possible so I can play tennis.
"We had to cancel tournaments because we couldn't afford to go there. You know, we've been driving by car. It's been a big, big challenge. So to get to this point means a lot to us."
Lisicki had a tougher path to the final here than Bartoli did.
Lisicki had to face highly regarded
Lisicki went on to upset No. 1
In part because of all the upsets that threw the women’s field into chaos, Bartoli didn’t have to face a seeded player until her quarterfinal match against No. 17
Lisicki has a 3-1 career edge over Bartoli in their head-to-head matchups. Bartoli said their styles are similar in that they both hit the ball hard and "pretty flat," and gave the serving edge to Lisicki—who has been nicknamed "Boom Boom" for her hard serve.
Lisicki said Bartoli's aggressive style is a strength, but nothing that Lisicki hasn't faced before.
"I had a lot of challenges on my way to the finals with players being aggressive, players who were very solid, moving very well, so it will be another challenge," she said. "I'm looking forward to it. . . .
"It's been a lot of fun. It's been a great journey. It hasn't finished yet."