The current Wimbledon women's champion and France's top female tennis player Marion Bartoli shocked journalists at the tournament in Cincinnati by tearfully announcing her retirement from professional tennis after her three-set loss to Simona Halep in the second round.
This announcement shocked the whole tennis world as it came less than two months after Bartoli's dream run on Wimbledon's grass, where she won her first Grand Slam title and fulfilled her lifelong dream of winning Wimbledon.
"That was actually the last match of my career. It's time for me to retire and call it a career." Bartoli said in her press conference after the match. "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."
Nothing that Marion Bartoli has been saying in press since her Wimbledon triumph gave any indication that this announcement was pending. She played her first tournament since Wimbledon last week in Toronto, and even after pulling out with an abdominal injury, she seemed to be focused on succeeding at the US Open and told reporters: "I just have to bounce back, train harder, and be ready for the US Open. That's all I can do."
So it is no surprise that the sudden announcement left fans, media and her fellow players in a state of shock as nobody saw this coming. Some worried that she was making too rash of a decision and was just caught up in the emotions right after a tough loss and the exhaustion of the past few weeks.