Wimbledon champion Bartoli to retire

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A tearful Marion Bartoli of France announces her retirement from professional tennis during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center in
Cincinnati, Ohio. AFP PHOTO

CINCINNATI, Ohio: Marion Bartoli made a shock retirement announcement on Wednesday, ending her career just weeks after winning Wimbledon.

Bartoli, citing a string of injuries, dropped the bombshell shortly after losing in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters to Romania’s Simona Halep.

The top French star suffered a stunning 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 defeat to Halep.

“It’s time for me to retire and to call it a career. I feel it’s time for me to walk away actually,” said the 28-year-old.


The announcement comes two weeks before Bartoli was scheduled to compete in the US Open in New York.

Seeded eighth at the Cincinnati event, Bartoli said Wimbledon helped her reach the top of her game but also took a toll on her physical and mental wellbeing.

“I’ve been a tennis player for a long time, and I had the chance to make my biggest dream a reality,” said Bartoli, who won over $11 million in prize money during her 13-year career.

“I felt I really, really pushed through the ultimate limits to make it happen. But now I just can’t do it anymore,” she said.

“I’ve been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon,” she added.

“I really felt I gave all the energy I have left inside my body. It (Wimbledon) will stay forever with me, but now my body just can’t cope with everything.”

Bartoli, ranked seventh in the world, has battled a series of injuries over the past few years. She has played just three matches since winning Wimbledon and after withdrawing from several hardcourt events in July due to abdominal muscle injuries.

She won a match last week in Toronto over American Lauren Davis but lost to 33rd-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova the next day.

“I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play,” Bartoli said. “I’ve been doing this for so long. And, yeah, it’s just body wise I just can’t do it anymore.”

Bartoli, who turned pro in 2000, has been coached most of her career by her father, Walter, who is a doctor.

AFP

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