Mono cruised past Wicky to become the first Frenchwoman in to the BNP Paribas Open finals. Good for her. Sometimes it's nice to reminded that a player you don't necessarily like is actually quite good at tennis. She's definitely proven that this week. She has a chance to break back into the top 10 if she wins the title.
But whatever doubts or disdain I have for her on the court, I have nothing but love for her off-court. Chick gives amazing quote. From Matt Cronin's Ticker post:
Marion Bartoli claims that she has a 175 IQ. That IQ is higher the other published numbers of famous people, including Plato (170), Beethoven (165), Albert Einstein, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking (160), the same as philosopher Immanuel Kant, but below that of chess players Gary Kasparov (190) and Bobby Fisher (187). Interestingly, Bartoli's father, Walter, is a chess buff.
"I hope to be that good in tennis one day,” she said with a laugh. "I did a test when I was younger, but I'm not really someone that is really telling everyone, 'Oh, I'm so smart.' I'm kind of hiding it. But that's how I am, you know. It just comes naturally. That's how I was born with."
Marion Bartoli and Lady Gaga: Born this way.
Of course, I've been having a go at her all day via Twitter:
It's a good day when you get to combine Scientology and Marion Bartoli into a good joke.