BARTOLI WITHDRAWS

Marion Bartoli has withdrawn her name from the upcoming Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament which is going to be played at Stanford, California.

She has become the second top 10 player to pull out from the tournament in the last couple of days. Before her, the Russian superstar Maria Sharapova had also withdrawn because of her injury.

The reason behind Bartoli’s withdrawal is also injury. She had picked up a strain while taking part in the Wimbledon Championships a few weeks back and she hasn’t got completely recovered from that.

Bartoli’s withdrawal means that the Polish star Agnieszka Radwanska is the only top 10 player who will take part in Stanford Classic this year.

Announcing her withdrawal from Stanford Classic, Bartoli said, “I discovered a hamstring strain while playing at Wimbledon. I was expecting it to heal in a couple of weeks, but, unfortunately, that didn’t happen. It’s still there due to which I am withdrawing my name from Stanford Classic.”

“It’s a great tournament and I am disappointed not to be fit to take part in it. I have enjoyed playing there in the past.”

The American youngster Mallory Burdette who is currently at no. 68 in the official rankings of WTA will replace Bartoli in the tournament. Kim Hall who is the spokesperson of the tournament announced that yesterday.

Hall said, “Unfortunately, Marion will not be here because of her injury. It’s disappointing for us as well as for the fans.  On place of Marion, a young player from USA, Mallory Burdette, will participate in the tournament.”

Bartoli has recently won her first Grand Slam singles title by defeating Sabine Lisicki of Germany in the final of the Wimbledon Championships. Bartoli won that match in the straight sets by 6-1, 6-4.