Marion Bartoli has defeated Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the women’s singles final at Wimbledon.
The Frenchwoman took the first set comfortably against an out of sorts Lisicki on the sun-drenched Centre Court.
Lisicki, the 23rd seed, broke Bartoli’s serve in the opening game of the match, but Bartoli broke straight back and took advantage of a catalogue of unforced errors by the German to secure the set in 31 minutes.
Lisicki’s booming serve never functioned smoothly and Bartoli, seeded 15th, kept the ball away from her dangerous forehand throughout the match.
Bartoli then took the second set 6-4 to win the title. She is the first player from outside the top 10 to win a major title since Venus Williams in 2007.
The 28-year-old is also the fifth oldest women to become a first-time Grand Slam winner in the Open era.