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Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli Retires

Complaining of pain she had been feeling since she won Wimbledon six weeks ago, Marion Bartoli decided to retire Wednesday night. Bartoli made her tearful announcement to the public at the Western & Southern Open in Ohio.

”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,” an emotional 28 year old Bartoli said. ”That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me.”

After losing to Simona Halep 3-6 6-4 6-1 Wednesday night, Bartoli reached out to her father regarding her decision of retirement.

”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 can’t do it anymore.”

This season, Bartoli has been hampered by an injured left foot, right ankle, right hamstring, and Achilles. Bartoli also mentioned every part of her body was hurting during her match Wednesday.

Over her career, Bartoli reached as high as number seven in the world. In her 47th Grand Slam Tournament, Bartoli won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon this season when she defeated Sabine Lisicki.

WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster spoke highly of Bartoli after her announcement.

”I am so proud of her for who she is, her values, and for fighting to realize her dream of winning Wimbledon,” Allaster said.



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