Marion Bartoli fears she could miss Wimbledon after slumping out of the DFS Classic at the first hurdle.
The Frenchwoman, who reached the final at the All England Club last year, was dumped out by Czech outsider Petra Cetovska in three sets at Edgbaston Priory and later revealed she is struggling with tendonitis in her wrist.
The world No 10 won the first set 7-5 but lost the next two 6-4, 6-0 after the problem flared up again and hindered her serve and forehand.
She intends to travel down to Eastbourne for next week’s tournament but says that if the condition is no better she will withdraw over the weekend.
And if she is still in pain ahead of Wimbledon the 23-year-old admits she will have no option but to pull out.
“If it is not getting better I could miss it,” Bartoli said. “Missing a Grand Slam, especially Wimbledon is a huge disappointment, particularly after last year because I played almost the whole year.”
Bartoli’s problems begun during an event in Strasbourg, a warm up for the French Open. She lost in the first round at Roland Garros and if she is not able to play in London on Monday week she will tumble down the rankings after finishing runner up in 2007.
She looked in considerable discomfort yesterday and would probably have been wiser to have pulled out rather than risk embarrassment or exacerbating the problem.
Bartoli cut a dejected figure as she walked off court and confessed that her recent travails are a worry. “I never know when I am stepping on the court how long it is going to be fine and how long it is going to be hurting,” she said.
“It is hard to focus and concentrate. There is always some illness or injury in my body. I cannot see one week where I am really 100 percent and completely ready to play. I have been dealing with different things since the start of the year.”
Bartoli’s defeat leaves the competition wide open. Nicole Vaidisova is the highest ranked player left in the tournament but her second round victory yesterday was her first since March.
The day also provided wins for Camille Pin, the Bondarenko sister Kateryna and Alona, Melinda Czink., Sunitha Rao, Yaroslava Shevdova, Marina Erakovic, qualifier Yanina Wickmayer and No 15 seed Aiko Nakamura.