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Marion Bartoli announces her retirement

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Current Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her retirement from tennis just six weeks after claiming her first Grand Slam title. 

The defending ladies champion gave a tearful press conference after her defeat to Simona Halep in the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, highlighting persistent injury problems as her reason behind the decision to quit. 

The 28-year-old rose to number seven in the world rankings after she defeated Sabine Lisicki to take the SW19 crown back in July, but feels in constant pain when on the court and that has forced her to call it a day. 

"It's time for me to retire and to call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away," she said to reporters.

"It's never easy... but that was actually the last match of my career. I just can't do it anymore."

Her 6-1 6-4 win over Lisicki 40 days ago was the pinnacle of Bartoli's career and came at the 47th time of trying - the longest wait by anyone who has won a Grand Slam title. 

Despite playing some great tennis during that fortnight, Bartoli explained how the campaign left her physically unable to continue in the sport. 

"That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me," she claimed after her 6-3 6-4 6-1 defeat to Halep on Wednesday

"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."

The news comes with the final Grand Slam of the year - the US Open - set to take place in less than two weeks time. 

 

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