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Marion Bartoli admits that she struggled with personal problems in the past but insists she has worked through them as she prepares for Wimbledon final.
Bartoli has been in impressive form at this year’s tournament, booking her place in the final with a comfortable 6-1 6-2 victory over Kirsten Flipkens and yet to drop a set over the two weeks.
The world number 15 has once before made the final at the All-England Club – six years ago she was defeated 6-4 6-1 by Venus Williams.
The Frenchwoman has endured some troublesome times since that high point of her career, mainly the high-profile fall-out with her father who had given up his job as a doctor to work full-time as her coach.
Two years ago Bartoli famously ordered her father to leave the stands on Court 12 at Wimbledon after becoming annoyed with his presence.
The 28-year-old will not have it easy as she looks to secure her first Grand Slam title. Her opponent Sabine Lisicki has become a fans’ favourite after showing some gritty and spirited performances to get past Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska.
Bartoli said: “There is something off the court, it’s private, but it kind of affected me in my mood and my results because it was a tough thing to deal with.
“I had some very low moments when I pretty much hit rock bottom. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”