Marion Bartoli sleepwalks into Wimbledon final

Jul 05, 2013, 12:49 IST | AFP

Marion Bartoli prepared for her Wimbledon semi-final win over Kirsten Flipkens by sleeping in the locker room until 30 minutes before going onto court

The eccentric Frenchwoman stormed past Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour before revealing her unique way of preparing for her 1pm start.

"I was asleep from 12 until 1230, you can ask the physio," she said.

Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli reacts after her win. Pic/ AFP

"And I was still razor-sharp right from the start."

Flipkens said she preferred to sleep in the morning rather than in the run-up to a match.

"I don't know what her rituals are. I just like to sleep long before my match, and then wake up at 9:30 or 9:45 to be prepared, eat some carbohydrates," said the Belgian.

"Each player has their own thing to do."

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