Bartoli said her hamstring problem began at Wimbledon and hasn't healed properly since her victory.
Bartoli said her hamstring problem began at Wimbledon and hasn't healed properly since her victory.
Glyn Kirk/AP

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli withdrew from the Bank of the West Classic on Thursday because of a hamstring strain.

"During Wimbledon I developed a strain in my hamstring which has not healed over the past two weeks," said Bartoli, the 2009 tournament winner. "I have been receiving therapy and was optimistic that I would be able to participate. ... It is one of my favorite tournaments on the circuit. Unfortunately, the injury has not completely healed and I will be unable to participate."

Bartoli is the second prominent player to pull out of the tournament this week. Maria Sharapova withdrew because of a left hip injury suffered during Wimbledon.

Bartoli's withdrawal opened a spot for former Stanford All-American Mallory Burdette in the main draw. Burdette turned pro shortly after the event last year and reached the third round of the U.S. Open.

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