London: Tearful Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli returned to Centre Court yesterday only to hear herself introduced as 'Maria' by a blundering announcer.

Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli, who retired after winning the Wimbledon last year, weeps on being introduced on Centre Court. Pic/Getty Images.

The Frenchwoman performed the coin toss ahead of the first round match between Sabine Lisicki, the German she defeated in the final last year, and Israel’s Julia Glushko.

She broke down in tears as she stood on the court where she won her only Grand Slam title. “To relive and walk again on the #wimbledon turf, it’s a lot of emotions,” the Frenchwoman tweeted.