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Tennis: Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announces shock retirement

Marion Bartoli of France plays against Simona Halep of Romania during the Western & Southern Open on Aug 14, 2013, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bartoli shocked the tennis world on Wednesday by announcing her retirement fro
Marion Bartoli of France plays against Simona Halep of Romania during the Western & Southern Open on Aug 14, 2013, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bartoli shocked the tennis world on Wednesday by announcing her retirement from the sport at the age of 28. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Marion Bartoli of France returns a shot while playing against Simona Halep of Romania during the Western & Southern Open on Aug 14, 2013, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wimbledon champion Bartoli shocked the tennis world on
Marion Bartoli of France returns a shot while playing against Simona Halep of Romania during the Western & Southern Open on Aug 14, 2013, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wimbledon champion Bartoli shocked the tennis world on Wednesday by announcing her retirement from the sport at the age of 28. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Wimbledon women's singles tennis champion Marion Bartoli of France holds her trophy as she attends an interview with Reuters in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, on July 9, 2013. Bartoli shocked the tennis world on Aug 14 by announcing her retirement
Wimbledon women's singles tennis champion Marion Bartoli of France holds her trophy as she attends an interview with Reuters in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, on July 9, 2013. Bartoli shocked the tennis world on Aug 14 by announcing her retirement from the sport at the age of 28. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
French tennis player Marion Bartoli poses with her 2013 Wimbledon trophy upon her arrival from Wimbledon at Paris Gare du Nord on July 9, 2013. Bartoli shocked the tennis world on Aug 14 by announcing her retirement from the sport at the age of 28. -
French tennis player Marion Bartoli poses with her 2013 Wimbledon trophy upon her arrival from Wimbledon at Paris Gare du Nord on July 9, 2013. Bartoli shocked the tennis world on Aug 14 by announcing her retirement from the sport at the age of 28. -- PHOTO: AFP
Marion Bartoli of France announces her retirement from professional tennis during the Western & Southern Open on Aug 14, 2013, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. -- PHOTO: AFP
Marion Bartoli of France announces her retirement from professional tennis during the Western & Southern Open on Aug 14, 2013, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. -- PHOTO: AFP
Marion Bartoli of France announces her retirement from professional tennis during the Western & Southern Open on Aug 14, 2013, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. -- PHOTO: AFP
Marion Bartoli of France announces her retirement from professional tennis during the Western & Southern Open on Aug 14, 2013, at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. -- PHOTO: AFP

CINCINNATI (REUTERS) - 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."