Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli retires from tennis

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Bangalore, Aug 16: Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has retired after losing her latest match at the Western & Southern Open.

The former French No. 1 said she is quitting tennis because of persistent injury problems.

The seventh seed Bartoli recently lost to Romanian Simona Halep at the western and Southern Open, walked to the media room and told the reporters, "I just can't do it anymore".

Marion Bartoli retires from tennis

Her surprise announcement comes just six weeks after she beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final to claim her one and only grand slam title.

"Well, it's never easy and obviously there is never a time to say it or whatever, but that was actually the last match of my career and time for me to retire and i feel it's time for me to walk away," said Bartoli.

The Wimbledon champion also said that, "I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play."

OneIndia News

(with agency inputs)

Story first published: Friday, August 16, 2013, 15:12 [IST]
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