Marion Bartoli announces her retirement from tennis

Marion Bartoli announces her retirement from professional tennis just weeks after winning her first Grand Slam title

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Marion Bartoli won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July Photo: Back Page Images

Marion Bartoli has announced her retirement from professional tennis just weeks after winning her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

The 28-year-old French No1, ranked seventh in the world, said she was taking the decision with immediate effect because of persistent injuries at a news conference following a defeat by Simona Halep at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

“It’s time for me to retire and to call it a career,” Bartoli said. “I feel it’s time for me to walk away.”

“My body was really starting to fall apart and I was able to keep it together, go through the pain – with a lot of pain – throughout this Wimbledon and make it happen.

“I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I’ve been doing this for so long. Body-wise, I can’t do it any more.”

She added: “It’s never easy… but that was actually the last match of my career. I just can’t do it anymore.”

Bartoli thrashed Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-4 to win her maiden Grand Slam title at SW19 back in July.

“That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me,” she said. “It’s been a tough decision to take. I’ve been a tennis player for a long time and I had the chance to make my biggest dream a reality.

“You know, everyone will remember my Wimbledon title. No-one will remember the last match I played here.

“I made my dream a reality and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can’t cope with everything.”

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