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Wimbledon champion Bartoli announces shock retirement at 28

The French tennis star has been forced to end her career prematurely due to a series of injuries.

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CURRENT WIMBLEDON CHAMPION Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from tennis following her defeat in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

The world number seven, who was beaten 3-6 6-4 6-1 by Simona Halep at the Western & Southern Open, said injuries had made it impossible for her to play on.

The 28-year-old Frenchwoman said she has pain in her Achilles, shoulder, hips and lower back continuously when she plays.

“I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play … It’s just body wise I just can’t do it anymore,” a tearful Bartoli said.

“Everyone will remember my Wimbledon title. No-one will remember the last match I played here.

That (Wimbledon triumph) was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me.”

Bartoli leaves the sport having won eight WTA singles titles, including a shock grand slam triumph at the All-England Club last month.

In a huge shock, she defeated German Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-4 to claim her first major title in 47 attempts.

Speaking after her loss in Cincinnati, Bartoli said the time was right to walk away.

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“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,” she said.

“I feel it’s time for me to walk away.”

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