Bartoli must improve before French Open
Marion Bartoli is staring at an early exit from Roland Garros if she doesn’t improve this month after the world number 14 crashed out of the Portugal Open first round on Tuesday.
Expectations are high for Bartoli to impress at the French Open yet this defeat at the hands of Shuai Peng means her preparations for the Grand Slam are in tatters.
Bartoli suffered a major crisis of consistency over the three-set match as she lost the opener to love before hitting back with a strong set of her own. Unfortunately, despite clawing her way back into the match a final set break meant a 6-0 1-6 6-4 exit for Bartoli, who now has little clay preparation heading into Madrid next week.