Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli is retiring from tennis just 40 days after winning her only Grand Slam title.
The 28-year-old Frenchwoman, ranked seventh in the world, said she was taking the decision with immediate effect because of persistent injuries.
She made the tearful announcement at a media conference following defeat by Simona Halep at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
“It’s time for me to retire and to call it a career,” she told reporters.
“I feel it’s time for me to walk away.”
Bartoli, who beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final in July, said her Achilles, shoulder, hip and lower back hurt continually when she plays.
She added: “It’s never easy, but that was actually the last match of my career. I just can’t do it anymore.”
After her 6-1 6-4 win at Wimbledon, Bartoli hinted that the physical demands of the sport were taking their toll. “That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me,” she said on Wednesday.
Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli has expressed her desire to go back to one of her childhood passions of classical ballet, now that she will no longer play tennis.
According to tennisworldusa.org, Bartoli revealed that there were things outside of sport that she wanted to enjoy, adding that she did classical ballet for eight years when she was younger.
Meanwhile, the Wimbledon champion also said that it took something special to be someone like Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin or Elena Dementieva and it depended on every individual, when they wanted to retire, adding that for her it was 28.
Bartoli further said that she would go to some museums and galleries and could still go on court and hit some balls, if not professionally.