The Asian Age

Wim­ble­don champ joins Navratilov­a

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The 2013 Wim­ble­don cham­pion Mar­ion Bar­toli will join Martina Navratilov­a and Tracy Austin in the four- player field of the WTA Leg­ends event in Sin­ga­pore in Oc­to­ber, the Women’s Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion said on Mon­day.

The 29- year- old French star, a win­ner of eight sin­gles ti­tles, once ranked as high as seven in the world. She will be among the four leg­ends fea­tur­ing in the in­au­gu­ral Leg­ends tour­na­ment at the BNP Paribas WTA Fi­nals Sin­ga­pore be­tween Oc­to­ber 17 and 26 this year.

“Dur­ing

my

play­ing ca­reer I had the hon­our of com­pet­ing in the WTA Fi­nals at Madrid and Istanbul, so I can’t wait to see what Sin­ga­pore has in store to take our sea­son fi­nale to new heights,” said Bar­toli. “It will be a chance to re­live mem­o­ries and also make new ones, and I’m sure I speak for the other leg­ends when I say we’ll all be in it to win it!”

“An in­spi­ra­tional cham­pion who played her last match on the WTA barely a year ago, Mar­ion is a won­der­ful am­bas­sador for women’s ten­nis who con­tin­ues to give so much back to the game,” said Stacey Al­laster, WTA chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive.

In ad­di­tion to cap­tur­ing Wim­ble­don 2013 with vic­tory over Sabine Lisicki in the fi­nal, Bar­toli reached the ti­tle match at the All Eng­land Club in 2007, de­feat­ing world no. 1 Jus­tine Henin in the semis be­fore fin­ish­ing run­ner- up to Venus Wil­liams.

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Mar­ion Bar­toli

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