Bartoli confirms comeback plans

20 December 2017 20:50:13 GMTPlus11

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced that she intends to return to competitive tennis in March.

The 33-year-old Frenchwoman retired from the game just 40 days after surprisingly winning the Wimbledon title in 2013, citing recurring injuries for her decision.

Bartoli beat Sabine Lisicki in the final at SW19 but said when announcing her retirement that her Achilles, shoulder, hip and lower back hurt continually when she played.

She has not played competitively since her defeat to Simona Halep at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati in August 2013.

Bartoli said: "I have something to tell you - I'm coming back this year on the professional tour!

"It's going to be a huge challenge; I still have a lot of practice ahead of me, but I'm hoping to be ready for March and the Miami Open.

"I'm really looking forward to being on the court again in front of you, to feel your support, especially in Paris, in my home country, but also for the Fed Cup - and Wimbledon. I'm so looking forward to it."

Meanwhile, Serena Williams is 1212/1 to win next month's Australian Open, Johanna Konta can be backed at 20/1, Venus Williams at 25/1 and Garbine Muguruza at 10/1.

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