Early in her afternoon match at the Rogers Cup, Marion Bartoli placed her racquet on the ground, and then, her feet on her racquet.
Up, down, up down.
Broken racquet. Apparently, she was trying to fix it.
Later, sitting on the sideline during a break in play, Bartoli took her shoes off and wiggled her toes around.
Even later, she laid down on the court, although this time it was more serious than quirky.
“Obviously it took me so much energy to win my first Grand Slam that at some point I will have a kind of low,” the Wimbledon champ with the IQ of 175 — higher than Einstein and Edison — said after retiring from her match against Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova in the round of 16.
It wasn’t what she was hoping for in her first tournament since her inspiring effort at the All England Club last month. But as the world is beginning to understand, this is Bartoli: Unpredictable.