Anne Keothavong announces retirement from professional tennis

Last Updated: 24/07/13 10:29pm

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Anne Keothavong: Retired from tennis

Anne Keothavong: Retired from tennis

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Former British No 1 Anne Keothavong has announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 29.

Keothavong reached a career-high ranking of No 48 in 2009 and made seven WTA semi-final appearances, as well as winning 20 International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles.

But she has now decided to call time on her career after 12 years in the professional ranks.

"I have given my decision a lot of thought and I believe this is the right time to move on to the next stage of my career," she told the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).

"I have had some magical moments along the way and I would like to thank my family for their unwavering support and encouragement, the LTA for their fantastic backing, my coach Jeremy Bates and also Nigel Sears who have both been very influential in my tennis career and of course, the great tennis fans in Britain and all over the world.

"I think I am leaving tennis in excellent shape with both Laura Robson and Heather Watson leading the way for Britain in the women's game."

LTA Chief Executive Roger Draper paid tribute to Keothavong as she prepares to undertake media work.

"Anne has been a true ambassador for British Tennis, both on and off the court during her entire career," said Draper.

"Always proud to represent Great Britain internationally, her determination shone through in 2008 and 2009 when she broke into the Top 50, becoming our best player since Jo Durie in the process.

"Anne's courage was evident in coming back from not one, but two challenging knee surgeries.

"A journey that began on the park courts of Hackney led to her being an inspirational role model for young girls everywhere, as well as to our current generation of players. We wish her well in the next chapter of her life. "

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