Bartoli reaches another Wimbledon final

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Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - France's Marion Bartoli secured a berth in her second career Wimbledon final with an easy victory Thursday at the All England Club.

The 15th seed blitzed 20th-seeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 on the grass on the famed Centre Court. The lopsided affair was over in just over an hour, as Bartoli swatted five aces and broke her Belgian counterpart five times, compared to only one break for the loser.

The 27-year-old Flipkens was appearing in her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal.

Bartoli's opponent in Saturday's lucrative final will be last year's runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska or German slugger Sabine Lisicki.

Thursday marked the first-ever meeting between Bartoli and Flipkens, who this time a year ago was battling problems with blood clots in her legs and ranked outside the top 200.

Bartoli is now 2-1 in her career Grand Slam semis, with both wins coming at the All England Club.

The 28-year-old was the 2007 Wimbledon runner-up, losing to five-time winner Venus Williams. Bartoli owns seven career titles overall and has been a runner-up on 11 occasions on the WTA. Her last title came in Osaka, Japan in 2011.

Saturday's big winner will become a first-time major singles champion and collect $2.4 million.

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