So Marion Bartoli retires yet again. The same Marion Bartoli who does about two hours' worth of drills right before she goes on court. I've said it before, and I'll say it again--wouldn't it be worthwhile to stop the drills and see if Marion has fewer injuries?
Tonight, the top seed retired in the first round against Jamea Jackson, with Jackson leading, 7-6, 2-2. This tournament should have been a good one for Bartoli, but it has turned out otherwise.
I do not know what the injury is. Perhaps there is no injury, but instead, another bout of the illness Bartoli had in Montreal. One way or the other, it is more misfortune for her, and it is not a good sign.
It is fair comment to say that Marion seems to be perpetually in the wars.
But as another fan said to me, her first round exit syndrome often arise at tier III tournaments. Birmingham Strasbourg Kolkata Cincy etc.
She has little points to defend until the tour reaches the US Open.
Given her great form in recent weeks, I wouldnt want Marion to risk compromising her fitiness when the US Open is just weeks away.
Good point, Alice. Neither would I.
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