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Bartoli's unusual methods pay off at Wimbledon

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 10:52 p.m. MDT

Marion Bartoli of France smiles as she holds the trophy after winning the Women's singles final match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013.  (Anja Niedringhaus, Associated Press) Marion Bartoli of France smiles as she holds the trophy after winning the Women's singles final match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (Anja Niedringhaus, Associated Press)

LONDON — Marion Bartoli says her unusual way of playing tennis and her hard work as a school kid helped her win Wimbledon.

Doing homework during long drives to junior tournaments and staying up late to practice with her father "made me the person I am right now on the court," she says.

Bartoli hits forehands and backhands with two hands on her racket, something she started when she was 7.

She says: "I never felt like I wanted to be like all the other (kids) and do exactly the same everyone was doing."

Thanks to her 6-1, 6-4 victory over Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final, Bartoli gets to attend the All England Club champions' dinner on Sunday night.

Bartoli will rise from No. 15 to No. 7 in the WTA rankings Monday.

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