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July 6, 2013

Bartoli beats Lisicki to don Wimbledon crown

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Lisicki, meanwhile, learned a lot in this one.

Under the bright sunshine and the glare of Centre Court, she lost complete control of her serve, her game and her emotions.

After hitting her second serve into the bottom of the net while serving down 3-1 in the second set, she could be seen stifling tears as the pressure of her first Grand Slam final caught up with her. She did the same during the changeover, gesturing at her coaches before briefly draping a towel over her head.

Only then did she gather a bit of composure, staving off the three match points and briefly making a match of it.

"I still love this tournament so much, I still love this court so much," Lisicki said.

Despite the loss, she'll make about $1.2 million — not bad for a player with career earnings of $2.8 million and three titles to this point.

Bartoli gets a $2.4 million winner's share and caps a lifelong quest.

"Maybe all the candles I've burned have helped me," she said. "It's been my dream since I was 6 years old."

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