Cincinnati: Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli shocked the tennis world on Wednesday by announcing her retirement from the sport at the age of 28.
After a second round loss to Romanian Simona Halep at the Western and Southern Open, the Frenchwoman walked into the media room and said: "I just can`t do it anymore".
Her surprise announcement comes just six weeks after she beat Germany`s Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final to claim her first and only grand slam title.
"Well, it`s never easy and obviously there is never a time to say it or whatever, but that was actually the last match of my career," said Bartoli, wiping the tears from her eyes. "It`s time for me to retire and to call it a career."
"I feel it`s time for me to walk away."