And so, we have a brand new Wimbledon champion and first-time Grand Slam winner in Marion Bartoli. ... Who? If you're not familiar with the French No. 1, she's quite the character. Here are eight things to get you better acquainted with the enigmatic player on top of the tennis world.
She hits two-handed on both sides
That's right. Both the backhand and the forehand are of the two-handed variety. Makes sense, considering she grew up a fan of Monica Seles.
Amelie Mauresmo is her coach
The most recent French female Grand Slam winner, prior to Bartoli that is, began coaching her countrywoman earlier this year, after Bartoli ended her run with her father as coach.
Her father is one interesting dude
Walter Bartoli is a doctor. He also trained/coached Marion through much of her life, using a number of bizarre methods. Many reports have circled that the father-daughter relationship between them is not so great, though they have both dismissed those suggestions. The French tennis federation once called for Marion to separate from him. She refused. This year, she replaced him as coach. But there he was Saturday in her box to cheer her on.
She's reportedly really really smart
Her IQ was once measured at a whopping 175, higher than a lot of really smart people, including Stephen Hawking. But she stays humble. "Perhaps I’d retake an IQ test now, and I’ll have a 75," she joked to the New York Times.
She likes to paint in her spare time
OK, not this kind of painting. The real kind. But this looks fun too. Watch this video to hear her explain how art helps her relax.
She swings at imaginary balls between points
Of her many on-court quirks, Bartoli's habit of aggressively swinging between points and games to stay loose is our favorite. "I get involved emotionally in my matches," she explains. Indeed. (Quote via 10sballs.com)
She had been here before
Maybe it shouldn't have been such a surprise to see her in the final. She was the runner-up at Wimbledon back in 2007, when she lost to Venus in straight sets in the title match. Her results since haven't been much to write home about — a lone quarterfinal is her best at the All England Club since — but she clearly was familiar with the stage.
She had been having a pretty cruddy year
Bartoli was just 14-12 in 2013 headed into Wimbledon and hadn't won more than two matches in any one tournament this year. She was obliterated in the third round of the French Open on her home soil, losing 6-2, 6-1 to Francesca Schiavone.