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Wimbledon 2013: Bartoli admits she was made to work hard

Wimbledon 2013: Marion Bartoli admitted that she had to dig deep to book her place in the last four with win over Sloane Stephens

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Marion Bartoli plays Kirsten Flipkens for a place in the finalPhoto: Marianne Bevis

Marion Bartoli admitted that she had to dig deep to book her place in the semi-finals at Wimbledon after she beat Sloane Stephens 6-4 7-5.

The 15th-seeded Frenchwoman remains on course to reach a second SW19 final after she emerged victorious from a rain-interrupted match against the 20-year-old American on Court No1.

“I thought I could have done better even today,” said Bartoli. “I could have closed out the match before.

“I really thought she played some amazing shots, especially when I was leading that game 5-3. She came up with some backhands down the line that were really amazing. I thought she fought extremely hard.

“She really played some great tennis today. She was running really well. On grass, it’s very tough.”

Bartoli, 28, will face Kirsten Flipkens for a place in the final after the Belgian overcame 2011 champion Petra Kvitova in three sets on Centre Court.

She added: “Tennis is kind of a crazy game, and now I am playing Kirsten Flipkens to be in the final of Wimbledon. So it’s also very unexpected, but that’s also the magic of it.”

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