Tearful Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli retires from sport

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Marion BARTOLI has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 28 – less than six weeks after winning Wimbledon.

The Frenchwoman made the announcement after losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Simona Halep in the second round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

The Frenchwoman made the announcement after losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Simona Halep in the second round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Bartoli, who beat Sabine Lisicki in the final at the All England Club last month to claim her first grand slam title, said tearfully: “That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry.

“It’s time for me to retire.”

Bartoli blamed a succession of injuries for her decision to call it a day – citing an Achilles problem in particular which was troubling her on the hard courts. My body just can’t do it any more,” she said.

Meanwhile, men’s Wimbledon champion Andy Murray gave a workmanlike performance to dispatch Mikhail Youzhny in the second round.

The world No. 2 bounced back from his surprising early exit in Montreal last week to beat the 31-year-old Russian 6-2, 6-3 in just 70 minutes.

Murray was joined in round three by the first and fourth seeds, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Both players were in the right sort of form as Djokovic beat Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2 and Nadal saw off Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-2.

n FRENCH star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has pulled out of the US Open due to a knee injury.