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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.

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.

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's perfect day could spark more glory

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli insists her perfect day on Centre Court could be just the start of another remarkable chapter in one of the more unlikely tennis success stories. Bartoli romped to her first Grand Slam title on Saturday as the French 15th seed thrashed Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final. The 28-year-old, beaten by Venus Williams in her only previous Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2007, is the fifth oldest woman to become a first-time major winner in the Open Era.

Tennis: Bartoli back from depths of despair

Marion Bartoli admits her run to the Wimbledon final has put a smile back on her face just months after hitting rock-bottom when she sacked her father from his role as her coach. Bartoli has played some of the best tennis of her life over the last two weeks at the All England Club as she swept into Saturday's final against Germany's Sabine Lisicki without dropping a set in her six matches.

Tennis: Tomic troubles aid Bartoli's Wimbledon dream

What began as a late-night scuffle between the father of Australian star Bernard Tomic and his son's hitting partner outside a Madrid hotel, could end with Marion Bartoli winning the Wimbledon title. When John Tomic was accused of attacking Thomas Drouet in the Spanish capital in May, the French coach left the Australian's camp and began working with Bartoli alongside her father, and full-time coach, Walter.

Tennis: Bartoli tabs Novotna as coach

France's world No. 11 Marion Bartoli booked a third-round berth at Indian Wells on Friday and revealed she prepared under the guidance of new coaches Jana Novotna and Iwona Kuczynska. "The decision was made after the tournament in Dubai," said Bartoli. In Dubai, Bartoli said she was seeking guidance from former French great Amelie Mauresmo but would still need to find a regular coach after splitting with her father Walter, who had coached her since introducing her to the game when she was six.

Tennis: Mauresmo can take me the last lap, says Bartoli

Marion Bartoli believes tennis legend Amelie Mauresmo can help her achieve her biggest ambition during the remaining years of her career. The former Wimbledon finalist says major titles are more within her reach now that her fellow-Frenchwoman, who won Wimbledon and the Australian Open, is taking over from her father Walter as coach. Bartoli hopes to have Mauresmo's help at major events, whilst working with Mauresmo's former trainer Xavier Moreau on her biggest weakness, her movement and physical fitness.

Tennis: Germany defeat France in Fed Cup

Germany completed a 3-0 win over France in a Fed Cup World Group II tie here on Sunday when Julia Goerges defeated Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-2. The Germans had already won both of Saturday's opening singles, also in straight sets, and they will now go forward to play one of the losing teams from the top group in a promotion/relegation playoff in April. France on the other hand will need to win a play-off against one of the teams from the lower division which could be Canada, Britain, Poland, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belgium or the loser in the tie between Argentina and Sweden.
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