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Hope, hard work and confidence - hallmark of Wimbledon champion, Marion Bartoli
The shining Wimbledon trophy, which Marion Bartoli won this season, as it lay in her bedroom, was reflecting the story of her spectacular success, a reminder of her first grand slam title. It justified that hard work pays. In her long sporting career, so far, she had seen more defeats than victories.

She had never won a title in any of grand slam appearances, which she had made in the past. However, her straight sets victory over Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final was one of her best performance and it washed all sorrows of the past. It was a milestone for the 28-year-old French girl, who never gave up. Hope, hard work and confidence were the hallmark of her journey. “I hope it will not change me as a person” she said and “I love it,”, as reported by cbcsports.

Life, at times, demands hard decisions. For 22 years of her career, she was coached by her father. It did not turn out to be a successful one and victory in the finals always remained elusive. It was time for her to decide, father or career. She went for the later and dropped her father, which was not an easy task. She hired 2006 Wimbledon champion, Amelie Mauresmo as her new coach and the result was for everyone to see. The decision paid off. She pulled off a great win.

After winning the competition, she threw her racket in disbelief. But, what followed was a painful story of hate, myopia and arrogance. It was not expected. The well known BBC’s Radio Five Commentator John Inverdale couldn’t digest the defeat of smart Lisicki. He lost control and uttered the lines that exposed the predilection of a weak, beauty-obsessed and biased character. “Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little,’you are never going to be a looker, you will never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight,” said John as per the reports of Daily Mail.

Humans could be the cruelest of creatures and the response in social media was just a testimony of the fact. The very first tweets after her victory gave the verdict – “Someone as ugly and as unattractive like Batroli doesn’t deserve to win.” It is a civilized world and how emetic it sounds for a World Champion – “Marion Bartoli looks like she’s a cross between a man and a ape.” Another one read, “Female tennis is useless. I’ve never seen a useless champion like Bartoli.” These were only some of the tweets, out of the many, which attacked Battoli in the social networking site, Twitter.

The social platforms are freely available, more than ever before, where you could express the creations of your obnoxious mind-set and spew venom against anyone. There is no fear of society or retribution. No one to answer and no respect of feelings.

Bartoli was serene in this barrage of insults and abuses. She knew, she had not spent her life not to win the beauty competition. “Have I dreamt about having a model contract? No. I’m sorry. But have I dream about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely, yes. I like my values and I like who I am , simple, humble, easy going, easy to speak to and I just don't want to change."

There is a phenomenon known as the Barbra Streisand effect. The public wants to be critical of the successful individuals who don’t look like cut-outs, look devoid of usual attributes of success. They feel, he /she needs some kind of fixing.

Our society judges the book by its cover. It invokes insecurity and inferiority complex in weaker beings. Everyone, who inspires to reach the top, should be the best looking also in certain sports or tinsel world. It happens not only with ugly people. Even, the beauties have to go under the knife to look good. Heidi Montag, Kardashian and Hilton had shown their feet of clay. They couldn’t face the snide remarks about any of their asset. Heidi used to make fun of deformities of friends, when she was younger and because of which she had insecurities.

Hats off to Batroli who cared two hoots about the jest.

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