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Bartoli's retirement underlines rigors

Not all players could walk away from the game they love like Marion Bartoli

Updated: August 22, 2013, 10:55 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The morning after she won her first Grand Slam singles title, Marion Bartoli made a low-key appearance at the Prince shop in Wimbledon Village.

"Tomorrow I will be ready for the practice court," she told Neil Harman of the London Times. "Motivation, for me, has never been a problem."

That was less than 24 hours after she defeated a wildly nervous Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon final, 6-1, 6-4, with some terrific tennis. The quirky Frenchwoman probably was still running on adrenaline ...

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