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Wimbledon champ Bartoli says she's done with tennis

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Paris, Sep 8 (EFE).- French tennis player Marion Bartoli said in an interview Sunday that she was done with tennis "for good," quashing rumors that she might return to action at the Hopman Cup, which starts in late December and ends in January.

"I am done with my career for good. I will not play that tournament in January. I will leave the slot for one of my colleagues," Bartoli told RTL.

Reports surfaced in recent days that Bartoli would travel to Australia to team up with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the Hopman Cup.

Bartoli acknowledged that she agreed at Wimbledon to play in the team competition, but she said everything changed once she announced her retirement.

"It makes absolutely no sense to prepare for that. I ended my career and have not had second thoughts," Bartoli said.

The 28-year-old Bartoli announced on Aug. 14 that she was quitting the WTA Tour due to exhaustion.

Bartoli capped off a shocking run to the Wimbledon title by defeating Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the final on July 6.

In a match between two players who were not considered contenders at the start of the tournament, Bartoli, a finalist at the Grand Slam event in 2007, capitalized on her greater experience against the talented 23-year-old German.

With her improbable title run, the Frenchwoman dramatically turned around a disappointing 2013 season in which she had not reached a single semifinal in 13 tournaments across three surfaces.

Bartoli cruised to the title without dropping a single set, becoming just the fifth woman to achieve that feat in the Open Era, which dates back to 1968.

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