With her body aching after another loss, Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli decided to retire Wednesday night, saying she could no longer deal with the continuous pain on the court.
Her tearful announcement at the Western & Southern Open came less than six weeks after she pushed through the pain to win her greatest championship on Wimbledon's chewed-up grass.
''My body was really starting to fall apart, and I was able to keep it together, go through the pain -- with a lot of pain -- throughout this Wimbledon and make it happen,'' the 28-year-old French player said, tears running down her cheeks. ''That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me.
''I've been playing for a long, long, long time, and it's time for me now. It is.''
She was seeded 15th when she beat Sabine Lisicki for the title at the All England Club, ending the match with an ace. She climbed into the stands to hug her father, Walter, a doctor who drove her 100 miles or so to tournament...