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Johanna Konta announces retirement from tennis


Former British No 1 Johanna Konta has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis.

Konta, 30, reached a career high ranking of No 4 in 2017, three grand slam semifinals and won the Miami Open in 2017. Earlier this year, she won her fourth career WTA title in Nottingham.

โ€œGrateful, this is the word that Iโ€™ve probably used the most during my career, and is the word that I feel explains it best at the end. My playing career has come to an end, and I am so incredibly grateful for the career that it turned out to be,โ€ Konta wrote in a statement.

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Over the past few years, Konta has struggled with a knee injury that has limited her playing time, resulting in her slipping to 113 in the ranking.

โ€œAll the evidence pointed towards me not โ€˜makingโ€™ it in this profession,โ€ she said. โ€œHowever my luck materialised in the people that came into my life and impacted my existence in ways that transcended tennis. I am so incredibly grateful for these people you know who you are.

โ€œThrough my resilience and the guidance of others, I got to live my dreams.โ€

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