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Wimbledon champ Bartoli to play exhibition event

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli will play for the first time since her retirement at an exhibition tournament in June.

The 29-year-old Frenchwoman retired suddenly just weeks after winning the Wimbledon title last year. She is set to play in the Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament from June 18-22, which will also feature retired players Greg Rusedski and Virginia Wade, organizers said Wednesday in a statement.

Bartoli struggled with all manner of injuries during her 14-year career, but it was her shoulder that really prevented her from continuing because she could not serve properly.

She won Wimbledon in her 47th start at a Grand Slam tournament - the most ever played by a woman before winning a major championship, and won it without losing a set.

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