France's Marion Bartoli capped off a shocking run to the Wimbledon title, defeating Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in Saturday's final.

In a match between two players who were not considered contenders at the start of the tournament, the 28-year-old Bartoli, a finalist at this Grand Slam event in 2007, capitalized on her greater experience against the talented 23-year-old German.

The 23rd-ranked Lisicki, who stunned world No. 1 and five-time champion Serena Williams in the round of 16, won the first game of the match but then appeared to be overwhelmed by nerves in her first Grand Slam final.

Bartoli, by contrast, fired her double-handed forehand and backhand with precision throughout the one hour and 21 minute contest and also demonstrated her skill and comfort at the net on key points.

She sealed the victory with an ace on championship point.

Bartoli won 79 percent of her first-serve points for the match, compared to a paltry 52 percent for the German. Lisicki beat herself with unforced errors throughout the contest, committing 25 compared to 14 for the Frenchwoman.

With her improbable title run, the 15th-ranked Frenchwoman dramatically turned around a disappointing 2013 season in which she had not reached a single semifinal in 13 tournaments across three surfaces.

She cruised to the title without dropping a single set, becoming just the fifth woman to achieve that feat in the Open Era, which dates back to 1968.

Bartoli's half of the draw opened up after Russian world No. 3 and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova was bounced out in the second round by 131st-ranked Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal and world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka was forced to pull out of the tournament with a knee injury after winning her first-round match.

EFE