Wimbledon, England – France's Marion Bartoli secured a berth in her second career Wimbledon final with an easy victory Thursday at the All England Club.
The 15th seed overpowered 20th-seeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 on the grass on the famed Centre Court. The lopsided affair was over in just over an hour, as Bartoli swatted five aces and broke her Belgian counterpart five times, compared to only one break for the loser.
The 27-year-old Flipkens was appearing in her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal.
Bartoli's opponent in Saturday's lucrative final will be last year's runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska or German slugger Sabine Lisicki.
Thursday marked the first-ever meeting between Bartoli and Flipkens, who this time a year ago was battling problems with blood clots in her legs and ranked outside the top 200. The Belgian battled a sore right knee on Day 10.
"I think maybe she was a bit injured today," Bartoli said. "It must be hard for her to be injured in the semifinal of Wimbledon, but she deserved a lot of respect."
Bartoli, who claimed to have taken a nap just 30 minutes before Thursday's match, is now 2-1 in her career Grand Slam semis, with both wins coming at the All England Club.
"Oh my Gosh, I just really can't believe it right now. I was playing so great," Bartoli said. "Today I saw the ball like a football. I was playing so well. I was hitting the ball very cleanly from the start. She was playing a lot of slices so I needed to be very good with my footwork."
The 28-year-old Bartoli was the 2007 Wimbledon runner-up, losing to five- time winner Venus Williams. She owns seven career titles overall and has been a runner-up on 11 occasions on the WTA. Her last title came in Osaka, Japan in 2011.
Saturday's big winner will become a first-time major singles champion and collect $2.4 million.