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Live Blog : Saturday 6 July 2013

by Caroline Cheese
Bye!

20:12And on that happy note, we'll leave it for today. Simple plea from me: rest and get plenty of (non-alcoholic) liquids on board before we reconvene for what is sure to be a day of unrelenting drama on Sunday. Can't. Wait.

Su-Wei Hsieh/Shuai Peng win women's doubles title

20:02Chinese Taipei has its first Grand Slam champion as Su-Wei Hsieh and Chinese partner Shuai Peng beat Aussies Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 7-6, 6-1. That's Peng and Hsieh's fifth title together.

19:54Hsieh/Peng already leading 3-0 in the second set, and they are closing in on a first Grand Slam title... Hsieh would be the first player from Chinese Taipei to win any major crown.

19:38"I'm not ready to retire and wear slippers yet," says trophy engraver Roman Zoltowski. "My year divides between before and after Wimbledons." That's pretty much how all of our years divide, right?

19:34Want to learn a bit more about the man in charge of engraving the Wimbledon trophies? Believe me, you do. He's 75 years old and he drives here every year from Poland in a vintage MG to undertake his very important task - because he cannot take the tools of his trade onto a plane.

19:33Hsieh/Peng race out into a 6-1 lead. Surely they can't blow it now? No, they take the first of the five set points to edge ahead after the tightest of sets.

19:21Hsieh's turn to serve for the first set now, and a crisp volley from her brings up two set points. But just like Hsieh/Peng did in Barty's service game, the Aussie pair save both. Nearly an hour gone and we're into a first-set tie-break.

19:15After missing two set points, Ashleigh Barty slaps a forehand into the net on break point and that's six breaks in a row in the women's doubles final. Back on serve on Centre.

19:10It falls to 17-year-old Ashleigh Barty to try to serve out the first set in the ladies' dubs final...

Mike Bryan on the singles final

19:08"I think it's Murray's destiny to win here. He's doing everything pretty well. His game is just perfect for the grass. He rose to the occasion at the Olympics. I think he's got another good match in him. But Djokovic is ridiculous. He looked like a drone yesterday."

Mike Bryan on he and Bob's first Wimbledon

19:05"Our first Wimbledon we made the Round of 16. We played a three-day match against Alex O'Brien and Sebastien Lareau. We were chest bumping. We were young. Showing no respect for the older guys. There were about 20 rain delays where we came back to the locker room. We were sitting right next to them. There were words said. They wanted to kill us basically. [They called us] cocky punks."

Mike Bryan

19:01"It's hard to even dream that we'd have the slam, all four at one time. It all started back after we won the gold. It just felt like a huge pressure was released...I feel like we're hitting our peak. "

18:53No.1 seeds Kyle Edmund and Frederico Ferreira Silva are beaten 6-4, 7-6 (7) by unseeded pair Enzo Couacaud of France and Italy's Stefano Napolitano in the boys' doubles semi-finals.

18:41They look set for an epic on Centre where with FIFTEEN minutes gone and seven break point chances missed, it's 1-1 between Hsieh/Peng and Barty/Dellacqua.

Tweet from @Petra_Kvitova

18:39"Congratulations to @bartoli_marion! So happy for you! Enjoy the wonderful feeling :)"

Tweet from French player @KikiMladenovic

18:37"Yes she did it.. @bartoli_marion is @Wimbledon Champion! Bravooo! So happy for her! #deserved"

Email from Katie

18:31"I wondered whether anyone had spotted that not only is it 77 years since a British man won the Wimbledon singles title, but Virginia Wade last won the women's title in 1977, and Murray's match tomorrow will occur on the 7th of the 7th... Let's hope it's a good omen!"

Tweet from @feliciano_lopez

18:28"Congratulations to @bartoli_marion for the @Wimbledon tittle. Well done!!"

18:25Earlier, I may have got a little over-excited and written that Britain's Kyle Edmund and Frederico Ferreira Silva are playing in the boys' doubles final - it's actually a semi-final. SORRY! They're into a second set tie-break against Couacaud/Napolitano after dropping the first set.

Next up: Ladies' doubles final!

18:15Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty of Australia are looking to become the first all-Australian pair to win the ladies' doubles title since Kerry Melville Reid-Wendy Turnbull did so in 1987. They take on Su-Wei Hsieh and Peng Shuai in the final.

Bob and Mike Bryan support each other in their semi-final match.18:12History-making moment for the Bryans, who along with the four Slams and Olympic gold they currently hold, win their 15th major - a record. They won here in 2006 and 2011 and this is their ninth (yes, ninth) tournament win of the year.

Bryan/Bryan def. Dodig/Melo 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

18:09Bob Bryan ends the tournament for the American duo with an ace, giving them their fourth straight major title. Shocker: they celebrate with their patented chest bump. They also won the Olympic title here less than a year ago.

Bryan/Bryan 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, ^5-4 Dodig/Melo

18:07The Bryan brothers are serving for the Wimbledon title, leading 5-4 in the fourth set.

18:00Surely tomorrow's men's final - when Murray meets world No.1 Novak Djokovic - will beat it. Just for your information, the most-watched UK TV event in history was the World Cup final in 1966 when England crushed West Germany. Tomorrow's final will have to beat 24.35 million viewers (Only Fools and Horses, Batman and Robin episode) to even hit the top 10.

17:58How about this: the BBC have revealed that Andy Murray's semi-final win over Jerzy Janowicz last night was watched by a peak audience of 13.2 million people - making it the most watched TV moment of the year so far in the UK.

Tweet from tennis writer @TennisReporters

17:55"Bryan Bros up 2 sets to 1. Melo and Dodig a good team but would be stunned if the boys dont win title now. They can smell 4 straight major"

Lisicki on Bartoli

Marion Bartoli and Sabine Lisicki embrace after their final.17:49"We're good friends, we've known each other for a while, we've had some tough matches...She's been on the tour a long time and she deserved it. I'm disappointed but I'm happy for her."

17:48Sabine Lisicki has dried the tears and re-applied the smile and she is now addressing the media. She says she didn't feel at 100%: "I think Marion was fresher and that made a big difference today."

Bryan/Bryan 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Dodig/Melo

17:43The Golden (non-calendar) Slam is within reach. Not sure exactly what we're calling this. Siblings Slam? BryBros Slam? Bryan Slam? There doesn't seem to be a clear style on this...

17:35Britain, before you go completely loop-the-loop for Andy Murray, you have a finalist today who could do with your support. Kyle Edmund and his Portuguese partner Frederico Ferrira Silva are in the boys' doubles semi-finals on No.1 Court, leading 4-3 but on serve against French/Italian pair Enzo Couacaud and Stefano Napolitano. Is Stefano Napolitano the most Italian name ever?

Bartoli on her future ambitions

17:28"One [Grand Slam] is pretty good for me...Ever if I don't get another one, I'll still be very proud of it."

17:22Wheels have come off a little bit for Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, who are now a break down early in the third set. Bob and Mike Bryan are playing in their 25th Grand Slam final. Dodig and Melo are in unchartered territory.

Marion Bartoli

17:19"It will not change me as a person. I'm very humble, easy-going. But just hearing 'Wimbledon champion,' that sounds good to me. It has been my dream, I wanted it so badly, I felt the achievement of my career was to win a Grand Slam. I kept dreaming, I kept my head up, kept working hard."

17:16A very smiley, happy, giggly Marion Bartoli is speaking to the media now. She is asked how she manages to win Wimbledon after failing to get past the quarter-finals of any other tournament this year. "Well, that's me!" she shrugs...

Hitting partner Thomas Drouet on Bartoli's success

17:14"The ball is very flat - especially on grass, that's why she plays very good, she hits flat and deep and the ball isn't bouncing. Even for me it was pretty hard to hit with her. She was very aggressive in the final, didn't give Sabine time to play her game. She was confident, we saw that, and she knew how to manage the pressure."

Bryan/Bryan 3-6, 6-3 Dodig/Melo

17:10Split sets on Centre Court where the Bryans get back on track after a fairly disastrous start to their quest for a fourth straight Grand Slam title.

17:06Bartoli's hitting partner Thomas Drouet was Bernard Tomic's hitting partner until, shall we say, an unfortunate incident in Madrid earlier this year. Drouet tells Live@Wimbledon that Bartoli had another nap before the final - as she did before the semis. "She does like she feels, if she feels like sleeping, she sleeps."

Walter Bartoli on how he'll celebrate

17:02"I don't know...I will drink some French champagne!"

Marion Bartoli's dad and ex-coach Walter on Live@Wimbledon

17:00"I don't know if I can believe it, for me it's too much, I think I'll realise in a couple of days, but for now it's too much. I think this morning I was completely surprised because she was very quiet. I had breakfast with her, then she went to the court with her team and and I was just walking in Wimbledon. She had this serenity - and it was very impressive to see that."

16:52Dodig/Melo took the first set against the Bryans 6-3 - but the American twins are fighting back and lead 4-1 in the second. Could be a long one...!

Mauresmo on the effect of Bartoli's win

16:48"It's big. One year after being named Fed Cup captain, it's great satisfaction and I really want all the others to follow the steps of Marion and hopefully we can also aim for big things in Fed Cup."

Amelie Mauresmo, speaking to Live@Wimbledon, on Bartoli's win

16:47"It's amazing, it would've been a surprise two weeks ago, but after the quarter-finals, I really thought she could do it. The way she handled the semis and final was pretty amazing - tennis-wise, but also mentally, she had no doubt. It's great. On the other hand, Sabine was a little bit tight. Her first Grand Slam final, she learned the hard way today."

Girls' singles champion Belinda Bencic

Belinda Bencic celebrates her junior girls' victory.16:36"I can't stop [smiling]. It's amazing. I didn't realize yet. I will play the doubles soon, so I will just realize after. [Playing on No.1 Court] was really impressive. Like I came to the court and I didn't know it was so full. I was like, Wow...Then at the end when the crowd, like at 5-4, my serve, they were so loud. So that was really special."

Tweet from @Maheshbhupathi

16:29"Bartoli deserves this, haven't seen a girl work harder on court, day in day out with her dad over the last ten years, kudos!!!"

16:27Erm, Bob and Mike Bryan are now 5-0 down? Quite the start by Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo on Centre Court - which is starting to fill up again after the crowd took a tea break following the women's final.

16:23Marion Bartoli has received a message of congratulations from French president Francois Hollande, praising the 28-year-old for her "fighting spirit and courage" in becoming only the third Frenchwoman to win the Wimbledon title.

16:16Hate to tell you Howard, but your second prediction is looking a little shaky right now: Bob and Mike are 3-0 down, with the Dodig/Melo duo making an excellent start to their first major final.

Email from Howard in Hong Kong

16:14"So sad that Sabine Lisicki has lost... My predictions before the semi-finals proved to be devastatingly wrong. Anyways, I'm in support for the Bryans!"

16:10The Bryans are up against first-time finalists and considerable underdogs Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, a Croatian-Brazilian pairing who are competing at Wimbledon together for the second time.

16:04We're not going anywhere by the way: coming up now, the Bryan brothers will go for a historic non-calendar Golden Grand Slam. They've won the last three Grand Slams plus the Olympics. By winning Wimbledon, they'd be the first pair to hold all four major titles in the Open Era.

Statto Corner

15:55Marion Bartoli sets a new record by winning her first Grand Slam in the 47th attempt. At 28 years, 9 months, she is the fifth oldest first-time winner in the Open Era. She is the sixth woman in the Open Era to win Wimbledon without dropping a set, it has happened nine times in total. She is the first woman to win Wimbledon in the Open Era playing double-handed off both sides.

Tweet from @Clijsterskim

15:53"Waw! Amazing tennis all tournament from bartoli. One of the hardest working girls On tour and one of the nicest too! Congrats to her team"

Tweet from Serena Williams' coach @pmouratoglou

15:52"Happy for #marionbartoli. She worked so hard in her career, she really deserves to be rewarded. And she is an example for many."

15:50Lovely scene as Marion Bartoli puts her arm around Sabine Lisicki as they walk off Centre Court. Think I've got a tear in my glass eye again...

Marion Bartoli

15:48"When I started this campaign on Court 14 if you'd told me I would win I'd think it impossible. Holding the trophy is unthinkable. It's been my dream since I was six years old."

Bartoli on the way she finished the match

15:46"For me finishing with an ace in a Wimbledon final, in my wildest dreams I've never believe it!! I've been practicing my serve for so long, at least I saved it for the best moment."

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli

15:45"Honestly, I just can't believe it still. I dreamed about this for so long. I was in the final in 2007, I know how it feels, Sabine, and I'm sure you will be there one more time, I have no doubt about it."

Sabine Lisicki

Sabine Lisicki running out of ideas on Centre Court.15:40"I think I was just overwhelmed by this whole situation but credit to Marion, she's been in this situation before and she handled the situation perfectly, she's been on tour so long, she deserves it. I hope I get the chance again. I still love this tournament, I still love this court a lot, and I love you guys. I want to thank my entire team for being there for...(sobs)...We've been through so much, ups and downs, this was my first Grand Slam final but I hope we get the chance one more time."

15:35Lisicki receives a sympathetic cheer from the crowd as she goes to collect her runner-up plate from the Duke of Kent... And here comes our new champion, stopping and acknowledging the applause before getting her hands on that stunning piece of silverware. Interview time...

15:34Lisicki is in tears as she watches the Bartoli celebrations. Great run by the German - knocking out Serena Williams and Aga Radwanska along the way - but she was overawed and overrun in the final.

15:32Bartoli covers her mouth in absolute disbelief as she holds off the Lisicki rally to clinch her first Grand Slam title with an emphatic game. After shaking hands with Lisicki, Bartoli sprints to the side of the court to do the Pat Cash Climb up to her player box, sharing an emotional hug with her dad Walter, Amelie Mauresmo and Kristina Mladenovic.

Bartoli is the Wimbledon champion! Beats Lisicki 6-1, 6-4

15:31Dizzying angle from Bartoli to win the first point after a tense rally. She's out into a 30-0 lead and two points away...now three more championship points after a sizzling winner. SHE'S DONE IT WITH AN ACE!!!!

Bartoli *6-1, 5-4 Lisicki

15:29Suddenly the mistakes are coming off the Frenchwoman's racket. Crowd really roaring their approval as a suddenly fired-up Lisicki runs to the chair with a hold to 15. Bartoli to serve for it again...

Belinda Bencic is the girls' singles champion

15:26The top seed comes from a set down to beat Taylor Townsend 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to achieve the French Open-Wimbledon double. Remember the name - both of them, in fact. A very entertaining final, by all accounts.

Bartoli 6-1, 5-3* Lisicki

15:21Great point by Lisicki to open the game, finding the sideline with a forehand and then charging to net to put away a volley. Suddenly it's a great match - but for how much longer? - Bartoli winning a fabulous baseline exchange. Now the nerves are showing again as a double fault puts her 15-30 down and then a hesitant forehand gives Lisicki a break point. Bartoli goes long and it's game on...

Bartoli *6-1, 5-2 Lisicki

15:17Lisicki's 24th unforced error gives a rampant Bartoli two Championship points. Biggest cheers of the day as Lisicki finally finds that booming serve to save both. Another errant forehand from Lisicki and it's match point three - netted backhand from Bartoli. "COME ON" yells Lisicki as she holds. Seems to have found her first serve - but surely too late?

Bartoli 6-1, 5-1* Lisicki

15:14"You feel like you're naked out there," a sympathetic John McEnroe muses as the camera focuses on a lost Lisicki. Such is her opponent's distress, Bartoli is doing well to keep her focus here. She holds to love to move one game away from her first Grand Slam title.

Bartoli *6-1, 4-1 Lisicki

15:09Another wonky toss from Lisicki and it's a fourth double fault. As she goes to serve the next ball at deuce, there's an encouraging round of applause - and she looks a little teary as she looks up and gives a weak smile. Through the watery eyes, she finds a forehand winner, but double fault number five follows, and that's break point. Misses the first serve and the second is a loopy 72mph effort that lands short - but Bartoli nets. The errors continue to flow though - up to 22 now - and Bartoli gets the double break.

Bartoli 6-1, 3-1* Lisicki

15:02Numbers expert Nick McCarvel has come up with the following: Lisicki is 0-6 when losing the first set 6-1. Bartoli is 68-5 when winning the first set 6-1. Bartoli really has played a lot of matches. She consolidates the break easily. Starting to feel like Lisicki's best chance is that Bartoli starts thinking about the trophy...

Bartoli *6-1, 2-1 Lisicki

14:58HIGHLIGHTS REEL! Incredible hustling by Bartoli - she's right out of the court at one stage - but she scrambles back and end the point with a crowd-pleasing winner down the line. Actually, Hawkeye says it's out - but Lisicki doesn't challenge. Odd. Lisicki's mind has gone again and a double fault gives Bartoli three break points - the second of which she takes.

Bartoli 6-1, 1-1* Lisicki

14:48Very lively crowd on Centre: clapping with real gusto as they await a Hawkeye challenge. They're not even bothered when they have to stop and start again as there's a slight delay with the replay. Maybe Hawkeye's melting in the heat. Maybe Marion is too because she faces a break point. Oof, wild error from Lisicki. "Gotta take the lines out of play," Lindsay Davenport says on commentary, referring to a misfiring Lisicki. "Focus on the middle." Shame Lisicki can't hear because there's another framed hit on break point. Bartoli saves a third break point but Lisicki keeps plugging away and here's another: nope, Bartoli won't be broken. Booming backhand winner.

Bartoli *6-1, 0-1 Lisicki

14:44Lisicki marches back out and wallops an ace down the T on the first point. Encouraging sign? Maybe: Lisicki fires a backhand down the line for a stunning winner on the second point. A confidence-boosting hold to 15 - her first hold of the match.

14:42Lisicki is on 14 unforced errors and 8 winners, to Bartoli's 4 and 4. Lisicki needs to get that serve firing: she's hitting 54% of her first serves and only winning 36% of points when she does land it. That's not going to get the job done against a returner like Bartoli.

Bartoli 6-1, 0-0* Lisicki

14:39A superb opening set by Bartoli - particularly after a disastrous opening game - and she has the first set in 30 minutes. She looks at her support camp and clenches her fist. Time for a deep break from Lisicki - who has decided to go for a bathroom break.

Bartoli *5-1 Lisicki

14:30Bartoli stamping on her racket strings to loosen the tension - another one for the Bartoli highlights reel. A sigh of disappointment from the crowd as Lisicki mis-hits a backhand at 40-15. And then another groan as a forehand goes awry. Back to deuce. Real trouble now as she slaps a wild backhand into the middle of the net and it's break point. Ace and a yelp of delight from the German. But it's still a real battle. Couple of game points come and go before another double gives a break point to Bartoli and this time Lisicki overcooks a forehand.

Bartoli 4-1* Lisicki

14:29Bartoli handling the occasion a little better than her German opponent at this stage, perhaps showing the benefit of having been in this position before.

Bartoli *3-1 Lisicki

14:24Alongside Walter Bartoli in Marion's support camp is French Fed Cup captain Amelie Mauresmo and young French player Kristina Mladenovic - who'll play in the mixed doubles final tomorrow. Bartoli seems to be settling after an understandably nervy start, winning a ding-dong at the net to earn two break points, snaffling the second. She has won three games in a row since a couple of double faults at the end of the opener.

Bartoli 2-1* Lisicki

14:19Marion's dad Walter is in her player box today, having been missing for the rest of the tournament. Bartoli ended his role as coach in February and she has been through a number of changes since then, including a disastrous two-week spell for Jana Novona - who is in the Royal Box today. First hold of the match for the Frenchwoman.

Bartoli *1-1 Lisicki

14:17Bartoli straight back at her opponent, bringing up two break-back points. Cripes. A double fault from Lisicki now - looked like a wonky toss on the second serve. All square!

Tweet from NY Times blogger @BenRothenberg

14:16"Eva Asderaki is umpiring her second Grand Slam final, after making her debut in the 2011 US Open final. #Wimbledon"

Bartoli 0-1* Lisicki

14:10Lisicki apparently received good luck texts not just from Steffi Graf today, but also from F1 champion Seb Vettel. Crowd seem equally appreciative of both players early on. Two break points for Lisicki after a couple of thumping winners. Bartoli saves both but then a double fault gifts the German another and eek... there's a second double fault.

Head-to-Head

14:08They've played four times before, Lisicki leading the series 3-1. Two of those meetings actually came here at Wimbledon, with Bartoli winning in 2008 and Lisicki in 2011.

14:06Marion Bartoli won the toss and chose to serve. The Frenchwoman is playing in her 47th Grand Slam - no player has played that many Grand Slams before winning their first one.

14:02Tournament ref Andrew Jarrett is at the net for the coin toss - fresh from his unexpected spell as a Twitter trend last night. Fourteen-year-old Sophie Snowling from Norfolk is performing the coin toss, representing East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, as nominated by The Duchess of Cambridge. Sophie's family, including brother Jake who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011, are also in the crowd today.

13:59Both players have been handed gorgeous bouquets of flowers - as is the tradition at these Championships - and they walk out onto Centre Court, watched closely by the legendary Billie Jean King from the Royal Box. Also in the comfy seats: Martina Hingis, Martina Navratilova, Jana Novotna, Maria Bueno and...comedienne Miranda Hart.

13:57Bartoli has also revealed in a BBC interview that the strangest place she has fallen asleep is...on court during a rain-interrupted US Open match against Maria Sharapova last year.

13:55Marion Bartoli has gone through her usual warm-ups this morning... And when I say usual, I mean hitting balls being thrown to her extremely quickly while being tied by the ankles, and hitting serves while wearing a resistance band. That sort of usual.

Sabine Lisicki on her ambitions

13:53"Win Wimbledon and be No.1 in the world."

13:50Lisicki is the first German to reach the women's final here since Steffi Graf in 1999 (she lost to Lindsay Davenport), and will be first German winner of the Venus Rosewater since 1996 (also Graf).

Marion Bartoli on Bartoli 2007 v Bartoli 2013

Marion Bartoli prepares to volley.13:45"I think if I would play myself now with my game six years ago compared with my game today I would probably be beating myself quite easily because I'm just doing everything better. If you compare the speed of my shots, the way I'm moving, I'm just doing everything better, honestly.”

13:37Bartoli is through to her second Wimbledon final. In 2007, after upsetting Justine Henin in the semis, she was well beaten by grass-court great Venus Williams in the final. This time around, she hasn't dropped a set en route to today's showdown - although she hasn't faced a single opponent in the top 10.

Henri Leconte on the women's final

13:34"Marion will always fight to the end, she's playing well. Maybe there's more pressure for Lisicki. Marion has the experience: I hope she can do it."

13:26Some very teenage behaviour out on No.1 Court as a double fault leaves Belinda Bencic facing break point. The 16-year-old thrashes a ball angrily. She's already 4-0 down against Taylor Townsend - who has a very unusual and quite refreshing slicey, dicey game. Bencic is unbeaten in juniors this year.

13:21As I walked into the grounds this morning, the kindly Voice of Wimbledon was warning the thronging crowd to drink lots of water and apply sunscreen regularly. Official weather: dry with plenty of strong sunshine...high UV levels...max temp of 27C (81F). In all my years of covering Wimbledon, that is the first time I've seen mention of UV levels in the weather forecast.

13:12We'll dig deeper into the facts and stats on the women's final as we hurtle towards our 2pm kick-off time. But I should tell you that the action is well under way already here at a scorching All England Club. American Taylor Townsend is up against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the girls' final, Townsend with the early break.

13:07I'd say the majority of supposed experts around these parts are backing Sabine Lisicki for the win today - but not with any great confidence. Do you agree? Let me know in the usual fashion: socialmedia@aeltc.com or tweet me up @carolinecheese

13:07Wimbledon's engraver better be right on his game today: he's got a new name to scratch onto the famous Venus Rosewater Dish. Whoever wins today will be the 18th different Wimbledon ladies' champion of the Open Era.

Hello!

13:00Welcome! It's Ladies' Final Day at Wimbledon. That came round quickly didn't it? Today we look forward to Maria Sh... no, hang on... Seren... no, wait... MARION BARTOLI v SABINE LISICKI.


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