Spain’s Anabel Medina to quit tennis after US Open

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Madrid, July 27 (IANS) Anabel Medina, captain of Spain’s Federation Cup team, on Friday announced she would hang up her tennis racket once her US Open run concluded.

Through her two-decade career, Medina, who will turn 36 on July 31, won 11 singles titles as well as 28 doubles crowns and two French Open trophies, reports Efe.

“This is the moment to end a period and bid farewell,” Medina said, adding “I will be always linked to tennis.”

Medina said she had not totally recovered from a shoulder injury that forced her to retire for the first time following her participation at the 2016 Olympics.

“I wanted to retire while playing, not because of an injury and for that I decided to return,” she added.

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Since 2014, Medina has only played doubles, teaming up with Arantxa Parra.

“Despite being much better, I am not 100 percent (fit) and I do not want to harm my doubles partner. Thereby I decided to put an end to my career in New York at the US Open,” Medina added.

The US Open, the fourth Grand Slam event of the year, is scheduled to kick off on August 27.

Medina made the announcement at the National Sports Council headquarters in Madrid, accompanied by its president Maria Jose Rienda and the head of Spanish tennis federation, Miguel Diaz.

–IANS

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