Marion Bartoli of France holds her trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after defeating Sabine Lisicki of Germany in their women's singles final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July REUTERS/Toby Melville
Had tennis not being Marion Bartoli's cup of tea, she could have opted for gymnastics. Here, Bartoli of France celebrates after defeating Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in their women's semi-final tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. (Reuters)
15 Aug Having realised a lifelong dream by claiming the Wimbledon title, Marion Bartoli decided she had nothing left to give last night, shocking tennis by bidding a sudden and poignant farewell to the sport. Just six weeks earlier, the 28-year-old Frenchwoman had shed tears of joy as she soaked up the applause following her straight-sets win over Germany’s Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final to claim her first and only grand-slam title.
Polish Urszula Radwanska celebrates after winning the second round match (1/8 final) against French Marion Bartoli on the third day of the WTA Brussels Open tennis tournament in Brussels, on May 23, 2012.