Marion Bartoli hit a high point in her career when she won at Wimbledon last month and earn her first and only Grand Slam title. But earlier today she said she would be hanging up her racket for good.
The 28-year-old tennis player from France took an early exit from the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after losing to Simona Halep, and she made the shocking announcement in her exit interview, saying:
"It's time for me to retire and to call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away."
The news certainly came a surprise to most, but Marion said the years of tennis started to take its toll on her body, and she was constantly feeling pain in her back, shoulder, and hips while playing.
She went on to say:
"I made my dream a reality and it will stay forever with me, but now my body just can't cope with everything."
The interview was emotional and it's never easy to watch an athlete step away from the sport they love, but Marion was ranked 7th in the world and was only about a month removed from a Wimbledon title.
That's not too shabby!
So all we can say now is conrgats on a great career, Marion!
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