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Tennis 199 43 Fun things to know about Marion Bartoli 31840046 Meet your new Grand Slam winner Meet+your+new+Grand+Slam+winner Tennis

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.

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Tennis 199 43 Fun things to know about Marion Bartoli 31840054 She had been having a pretty cruddy year She+had+been+having+a+pretty+cruddy+year Tennis

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.

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Tennis 199 43 Fun things to know about Marion Bartoli 31840051 She had been here before She+had+been+here+before Tennis

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.

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Tennis 199 43 Fun things to know about Marion Bartoli 31840052 She swings at imaginary balls between points She+swings+at+imaginary+balls+between+points Tennis

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)

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Tennis 199 43 Fun things to know about Marion Bartoli 31840050 She likes to paint in her spare time She+likes+to+paint+in+her+spare+time Tennis

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.

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Tennis 199 43 Fun things to know about Marion Bartoli 31840053 She's reportedly really really smart She%27s+reportedly+really+really+smart Tennis

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.

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Tennis 199 43 Fun things to know about Marion Bartoli 31840049 Her father is one interesting dude Her+father+is+one+interesting+dude Tennis

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.

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Tennis 199 43 Fun things to know about Marion Bartoli 31840048 Amelie Mauresmo is her coach Amelie+Mauresmo+is+her+coach Tennis

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.

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Tennis 199 43 Fun things to know about Marion Bartoli 31840047 She hits two-handed on both sides She+hits+two-handed+on+both+sides Tennis

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.

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