40 LOVE Flashback: Retiring On Top
Marion Bartoli isn't the first WTA star to retire while in the Top 10. Here are some more - for some it was final and for some there was a comeback in the cards, but all of them walked away on top.
Published August 25, 2013 12:00
Chris Evert was the WTA's first World No.1, collecting 18 Grand Slam titles in the 1970s and 1980s. She was No.4 in the world when she played the last tournament of her career at the 1989 US Open.
Martina Navratilova retired from singles after the 1994 WTA Championships, even though she was ranked No.6 in the world at the time. She came back to play a handful of singles tournaments in the 2000s.
Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière was No.9 in the world when she played her last tournament at Osaka in 1994. Her best Grand Slam results were two semifinal finishes - both at the US Open, in 1992 and 1993.
Kimiko Date-Krumm - then just Kimiko Date - played the last event of her first career as the No.8-ranked player in the world at the 1996 WTA Championships. She came back in 2008 and is still playing.
Steffi Graf made a fantastic last stand at the French Open and Wimbledon in 1999, winning the title in Paris and reaching the final in London. She made it all the way back up to No.3 in the world.
But shortly after that Wimbledon final the 22-time Grand Slam champion called it a career, and she was honored at the WTA Championships later that year. She is picture here with Amanda Coetzer.
Kim Clijsters announced her retirement after falling in the early rounds of Warsaw in 2007 - she was No.4 at the time. She would come back in 2009 for three more years and won three more Grand Slams.
Justine Henin announced her retirement just before the French Open in 2008, maybe the most shocking of them all - she was No.1 at the time. She would return for roughly a year from 2010 to 2011.
Elena Dementieva was No.9 when she retired at the 2010 WTA Championships. The Russian's career was highlighted by winning the gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and two Grand Slam finals in 2004.
And Marion Bartoli is the latest player to stop on top, winning her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and then, after playing three more matches, retiring at Cincinnati as the World No.7.