Updated: May 1, 2014 4:02:39 pm
Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli will play for the first time since her retirement at an exhibition tournament in June. The 29-year-old Frenchwoman retired suddenly just weeks after winning the Wimbledon title last year. She is set to play in the Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament from June 18-22, which will also feature retired players Greg Rusedski and Virginia Wade, organizers said Wednesday in a statement. Bartoli struggled with all manner of injuries during her 14-year career, but it was her shoulder that really prevented her from continuing because she could not serve properly.
She won Wimbledon in her 47th start at a Grand Slam tournament, the most ever played by a woman before winning a major championship, and won it without losing a set.
Oeiras: Top seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black came back from a set down to quell the challenge of Irina-Camelia Begu and Maria Irigoyen in the opening round of the WTA Portugal Open. The Indo-Zimbabwean team downed the Romanian-Argentine combo 4-6 6-2 10-5 in one hour and 20 minutes in the USD 250,000 clay court event. They now await the winner of the first round match between the pairs of Maria Joao Koehler/ Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor and Silvia Soler-Espinosa/Shuai Zhang.
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Meanwhile, in men’s doubles, being held simultaneously, the Indian team of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja advanced to the quarterfinals after getting a walkover from Colombian pair of Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Gonzalez.
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