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SBD Global/August 16, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Marion Bartoli Announces Surprise Retirement Following First-Round Open Defeat
Published August 16, 2013
BEATEN UP: In London, Oliver Brown reported Bartoli "spoke of the ravages of injury, of how acutely she had been hurting during that Wimbledon final, but the end of the road still seemed to be early -- premature, even." Bartoli claimed she "just couldn’t do this anymore." It has "almost become a theme:" JUSTINE HENIN, KIM CLIJSTERS, MARTINA HINGIS "all ascended to the summit of their sport and all promptly retired in their mid-twenties." The toll upon Bartoli’s body -- she has suffered with Achilles problems and pain in both knees in recent years -- "was the trigger cause on this occasion." But "the consistent thread in the choices of these young players to step aside early seemed also to be a reaction of the all-consuming effect of tennis in their lives" (LONDON TIMES, 8/15).
SHOCK DECISION: In Melbourne, Linda Pearce wrote for the second time in just over a month, Bartoli "has demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to surprise." The timing "was as unusual as the bouncing Bartoli herself" -- the double-hander known "for her unconventional style and quirky mannerisms." Former player and US Davis Cup captain PATRICK MCENROE tweeted: ''Marion … you did it your way …. always. Allez.'' Not even her French compatriots "had any inkling." Bartoli: ''I don't take this easily. 'I really felt I gave all the energy I have left inside my body. I made my dream a reality, and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play" (THE AGE, 8/16).