Ex-Wimbledon champion Bartoli ends comeback attempt

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Marion Bartoli beat Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-4 to win Wimbledon in 2013

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has abandoned her attempt to return to competitive tennis.

Bartoli, 33, retired six weeks after winning Wimbledon in 2013 and three years later contracted an unknown virus that caused dramatic weight loss and left her “fearing for her life”.

But in December she announced she intended to return to the WTA Tour.

“To my dismay I must unfortunately stop my comeback attempt,” the Frenchwoman wrote on Twitter.