Wimbledon champ Bartoli retires after latest loss
Marion Bartoli, from France, returns against Simona Halep, from Romania, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
Marion Bartoli, from France, reacts during a match against Simona Halep, from Romania, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli retired after losing her latest match at the Western & Southern Open.
The 28-year-old player from France has suffered through a series of injuries even as she enjoyed the highlight of her career this year, winning at Wimbledon. She was seeded eighth in Cincinnati and lost to Simona Halep, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, last night.
After two hours of considering her physical condition, she tearfully announced she’s quitting. Bartoli said her Achilles, shoulder, hips and lower back hurt continuously when she plays.
In other news from the tournament, top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round. Williams defeated Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, while Djokovic beat Juan Monaco, 7-5, 6-2. Rafael Nadal advanced by beating Benjamin Becker, 6-2, 6-2, and Andy Murray beat Mikhail Youzhny, 6-2, 6-3.