Marion Bartoli's (awesome) response to sexist BS

BBC commentator John Inverdale says he has written to Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli to apologise for saying she was "never going to be a looker".

His comments on Radio 5 live as she prepared for Saturday's final provoked anger from some listeners.

Speaking on air on Sunday, he said was sorry "if any offence was caused" by his "ham-fisted comments". A BBC spokesperson earlier: "We accept that this remark was insensitive and for that we apologise."

Inverdale had earlier said he had poked fun "in a nice way at how she looks".

French player Bartoli, 28, sank to her knees after she clinched her first Grand Slam title, beating Germany's Sabine Lisicki.

Inverdale's comment came about an hour before the match began as he chatted to former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport about Bartoli's technique as a player.

He said: "I just wonder if her dad, because he has obviously been the most influential person in her life, did say to her when she was 12, 13, 14 maybe, 'listen, you are never going to be, you know, a looker. You are never going to be somebody like a Sharapova, you're never going to be 5ft 11, you're never going to be somebody with long legs, so you have to compensate for that."

Inverdale's comments came before the match.

'You are going to have to be the most dogged, determined fighter that anyone has ever seen on the tennis court if you are going to make it', and she kind of is."

Asked about Inverdale's comments, Bartoli said: "It doesn't matter, honestly. I am not blonde, yes. That is a fact. Have I dreamt about having a model contract? No. I'm sorry. But have I dreamt about winning Wimbledon? Absolutely, yes."

"And to share this moment with my dad was absolutely amazing and I am so proud of it. I am sure I will be able to watch the DVD of the match over and over again and look at the picture of me when I am holding the trophy in my
arms. That is the most important thing to me and not what I can do outside of the court."


I'm NHF his non-apology, but I thought her response was awesome.