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Sports: Bartoli, Parker L'Equipe's French sportspeople of year

Wimbledon women's singles champion Marion Bartoli and NBA star Tony Parker were named female and male sports person of the year by French sports newspaper L'Equipe on Wednesday. Bartoli, 29, topped the women's section with 886 points following her stunning success at Wimbledon beating German Sabine Lisicki, her first - and only - Grand Slam crown at the 47th attempt, a record in the women's game for those who have finally captured such a lofty honour.

Sports: Bartoli and Parkes L'Equipe's French sportspeople of year

Wimbledon women's singles champion Marion Bartoli and NBA star Tony Parker were named female and male sports person of the year by French sports newspaper L'Equipe on Wednesday. Bartoli, 29, topped the women's section with 886 points following her stunning success at Wimbledon beating German Sabine Lisicki, her first - and only - Grand Slam crown at the 47th attempt, a record in the women's game for those who have finally captured such a lofty honour.

Wimbledon champ Bartoli says she's done with tennis

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.

Tennis: Defending champ Kvitova to face Halep in New Haven

Reigning champion Petra Kvitova breezed into her second straight New Haven WTA final on Friday, where she'll face red-hot Romanian Simona Halep. Kvitova didn't put a foot wrong in a 6-0, 6-1 semi-final victory over her Czech FedCup teammate Klara Zakopalova. Halep defeated fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki -- a former world number one and four-time winner of this event -- 6-2, 7-5. Halep broke Wozniacki three times in each set to claim the victory in one hour and 20 minutes.

Tennis: Defending champ Kvitova reaches New Haven final

Reigning champion Petra Kvitova breezed into her second straight New Haven Open final on Friday, beating fellow Czech Klara Zakopalova 6-0, 6-1 in the semi-finals of the US Open tuneup. Kvitova, seeded third, needed just 50 minutes to get past unseeded Zakopalova on the hardcourts at Yale University. Former Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who beat Russia's Maria Kirilenko in last year's final, next faces either four-time New Haven champion Caroline Wozniacki or Romanian Simona Halep.

Tennis: Bartoli signs up for US Open - as TV pundit

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, who shocked tennis by announcing her retirement last week, revealed her new job on Sunday -- as a TV pundit. The 28-year-old Frenchwoman said she will work for broadcaster Eurosport at the US Open which gets underway in New York next week. "Very thrilled to announce I will be part of the @Eurosport team for this @usopen commentating in english and french!!," she tweeted. Bartoli defeated Germany's Sabine Lisicki to win Wimbledon in July but quit the sport in tears after a second-round loss to Simona Halep in Cincinnati last week.

Tennis: Puzzled players pulling for post-tennis Bartoli

Marion Bartoli's shock retirement just weeks after her Wimbledon triumph sparked fond farewells, mixed with fears the French star was walking away from tennis too soon. Andy Murray, who ended Britain's agonizing 77-year wait for a men's Wimbledon champion, said he could see how achieving such a dream could leave a player feeling the game had nothing more to offer.

One day on, Bartoli has 'no regrets' about retirement

By Steve Keating CINCINNATI (Reuters) - In the cold light of day Marion Bartoli said she was having no second thoughts about her shock decision to retire from tennis and was looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life. Wimbledon champion Bartoli, 28, stunned the tennis world 12 hours earlier when she left the court after a second round defeat at the Western and Southern Open and told a news conference: "I feel it's time for me to walk away".

Tennis: Bartoli urged to reconsider quit decision

French tennis star Marion Bartoli's shock decision to retire from the game just weeks after winning Wimbledon caused shock at home Thursday and also calls to reconsider. "Very surprised," was the verdict of fellow Wimbledon winner and compatriot Amelie Mauresmo, skipper of the French Fed Cup team, and who in recent months had assumed some coaching duties with Bartoli. Mauresmo said she had not seen the decision coming but that the pair had been in contact overnight, first by text message, then by telephone.

Tennis: Bartoli urged to reconsider quit decision

French tennis star Marion Bartoli's shock decision to retire from the game just weeks after winning Wimbledon caused shock at home Thursday and also calls to reconsider. "Very surprised," was the verdict of fellow Wimbledon winner and compatriot Amelie Mauresmo, skipper of the French Fed Cup team, and who in recent months had assumed some coaching duties with Bartoli. Mauresmo said she had not seen the decision coming but that the pair had been in contact overnight, first by text message, then by telephone.
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