| EASTBOURNE, England, June 19
EASTBOURNE, England, June 19 Marion Bartoli, a
Wimbledon finalist two years ago, limped out of the Eastbourne
International semi-finals with a thigh injury on Friday and said
her participation at the All England Club was in doubt.
"If it is a strain then there is not much chance I can play
next week," said Bartoli, who has been seeded 12th for next
week's Wimbledon championships.
"The doctors can't yet say what the diagnosis is because it
is too soon. I need to wait until tomorrow and see," added
Bartoli, before leaving a news conference in tears.
Bartoli had lost the first set to fellow Frenchwoman
Virginie Razzano 6-4 when she asked for the trainer to be
She took time out to have her thigh treated and strapped
but, finding herself unable to run for the ball, pulled out
after losing the first game of the second set to love.
Bartoli, who lost to Venus Williams in the 2007 Wimbledon
final, refused to shake hands with Razzano before leaving the
Razzano had earlier accused Bartoli of underhand tactics,
saying in French newspaper L'Equipe: "You get the impression
that on court it's okay by her to use any means to win: calling
on the trainer, crying, limping."
Bartoli told reporters on Friday: "To say what she said
yesterday in the French newspaper, that is not really brilliant.
I guess that is just the way she is."
Razzano warmed to the theme again in her own post-match news
conference, saying of Bartoli: "She tries to do things to make
your concentration drop. She can try anything to win. When you
play Marion you need to prepare for everything."
Both women had struggled to hold serve in the windy
conditions at this seaside town and as the match progressed
Bartoli repeatedly squatted down to try to stretch out her
Her withdrawal gave Razzano, who has not won a tournament in
almost two years, a place in Saturday's final of the grasscourt
event against the winner of Friday's second semi-final between
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak.
(Editing by Kevin Fylan; To query or comment on this story