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Joy for Bartoli as Lisicki freezes on biggest stage

CINDERELLA STORY:After 47 Grand Slam appearances, Bartoli had her victory, easily dispatching Lisicki, who had entered the favorite after beating Williams and Radwanska

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“We’ve known each other for a while,” Lisicki said.

“She’s been on tour for so long. I’m happy for her. I’m disappointed, but I’m happy for her. I hope that I’ll get the chance to go one further one day, as well.”

Bartoli’s triumph after 47 Grand Slam appearances beats the previous record held by Czech Jana Novotna, who won Wimbledon in 1998 in her 45th major appearance.

Meanwhile, US twins Bob and Mike Bryan became the first men’s doubles team to hold all four Grand Slam titles in the Open era when they won Wimbledon for the third time on Saturday.

The top seeds beat Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo of Brazil 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

The brothers, taking part in their 25th Grand Slam final and who also won Wimbledon in 2006 and 2011, had also claimed gold at the Olympics last year.

They now have 15 men’s doubles titles at the Grand Slams and extended their winning streak to 24 matches.

“We’ve been working hard and taking care of our bodies. We’ve put the game in the right perspective in our life. When we lose, it’s not the end of the world,” Bob Bryan said. “He’s married; I have a family; I have a kid. We’re just playing for fun. We’ve done it all in the sport, and now we’re just out there taking swings and not living and dying with every win and loss.”

Mike Bryan said the brothers still have plenty of ambitions, including defending their Olympic title in 2016 in Brazil.

“Probably like to hit 100 titles. I think today was 91,” said Mike when asked to set out their future plans. “Then maybe try to finish No. 1 ten times. This year would be nine, if we did it. We got a pretty good lead. Then try to get to Rio and get another medal.”

Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman are the only pair to have completed the calendar Grand Slam back in the pre-Open era of 1951.

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