She sprang a surprise by retiring from tennis after winning the 2013 Wimbledon women's singles title and France's Marion Bartoli on Thursday said she took the decision as she was unable to endure the physically tough training process that makes a champion.
Romania`s Simona Halep continued her impressive season with a businesslike dismantling of Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon on Wednesday to set up what should be an enthralling semi-final against surprise package Eugenie Bouchard.
Sabine Lisicki opened her Wimbledon campaign with an emphatic victory against Israel`s Julia Glushko, proving she was worthy of opening play on Centre Court and helping to erase memories of her meltdown in last year`s final.
Marion Bartoli took an emotional trip down memory lane as she returned to Wimbledon on Sunday but the retired champion insisted she is at peace with her decision not to defend the title she won last year.
The tennis world reacted with stunned disbelief on Thursday as word of Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli`s retirement spread, leaving the sport without one of its most popular champions and intriguing personalities.