Bartoli quits with injury in exhibition with 15-year-old

by: AP | June 19, 2014

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

AP Photo

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- It was quite a comedown for a reigning Wimbledon champion.

In her first match on English grass since winning Wimbledon last year, Marion Bartoli was losing to a 15-year-old junior in an exhibition in Liverpool on Thursday when she quit with a right shoulder problem.

The 29-year-old Bartoli retired from professional tennis a month after her Wimbledon triumph. The Frenchwoman looked nowhere near playing shape at the Liverpool Hope University International Tennis exhibition.

Bartoli was trailing 15-year-old Jodie Burrage 7-5, 3-2 when she called it quits.

Before the match, Bartoli said ''if she beats me that's fine. It's not like I need to win any more.''

Burrage says winning against Bartoli is ''unreal.''

Bartoli will be doing commentary for BBC at Wimbledon, which opens Monday.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Mladenovic doesn't believe the women's French Open draw is wide open

She has been put under the spotlight this year, a change from previous slams.

Dominic Thiem predicts younger stars will go deep at the French Open

The Austrian named Alexander Zverev as threat, but Rafael Nadal as the favorite.

Davenport, Annacone, Navratilova make draft for Roland Garros

The Tennis Channel chose their WTA teams for the French Open.