Marion Bartoli was on the verge of elimination in her third-round match at Wimbledon and she decided to take action. This didn't involve changing her strategy or tightening her backhand or throwing a Djokovic-esque temper tantrum by smashing her racquet on the court. No, Bartoli went a different route. She told her parents to leave her match.
On a changeover down 3-4 in the final set against Flavia Pennetta, Bartoli, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last year, signaled toward her player's box and sent her parents away.
Bartoli's father, Walter, is also her coach so it was sort of a two birds, one stone sort of thing.
The Frenchwoman explained her actions after the match with a "hint of a grim smile:"
"I don't remember exactly what I said but I think it was really clear. I just had to let go my frustrations and express myself in some way. I could have done something else stupid, but whatever.
"I was so tired and exhausted that really I had to express my emotions somehow. I saw them right after the match, my parents, and they understood completely. It was not against them. It was just that we played a very long first set, and I was exhausted and I was tired and I was feeling worse and worse.
"I normally never act like that."
Down 3-5 in the third set, Bartoli came back to win the final set 9-7 to set up Monday's matchup with tournament favorite Serena Williams.
She said her parents understood the booting and they were back in the box for the Williams match, which Bartoli won, 6-3, 7-6.
- Marion Bartoli