Marion Bartoli of France won a diasppointingly one-sided women's final in only minutes to become a Grand Slam champion for the first time by mauling Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4.
Lisicki had been brushing away tears at one stage of the match as it became clear that she was facing humiliation in the biggest match of her life. Only then, trailing 1-6, 1-5 did she rally, perhaps with memories of coming back from apparently hopeless situations to beat Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska.
The first set flew by in exactly half an hour, at which point the German opted for a bathroom break to try to compose herself. It appeared to have little effect as her game if anything became worse, conceding match points at 1-6, 1-5 with one more dreadful error.
At last she pulled herself together, winning three successive games but losing when Bartoli set up three more Championship points with a cross-court forehand and finishing things off in the grand manner with an ace.