Former British No 1, Johanna Konta retires from tennis

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Konta, who moved to the UK from Australia aged 14 with her Hungarian parents, hangs up her racket having achieved things that no British women’s player had managed for more than 30 years.

She won four WTA titles and reached the semi-finals of three different Grand Slams, including that dream run at Wimbledon, which ended on Centre Court at the hands of Venus Williams.

 

She enjoyed a strong 2019, reaching the quarter-finals of three successive slams, but has struggled since with tendonitis in her knee among other health issues, and fell out of the world’s top 100 this year. US Open winner Emma Raducanu has since taken up the mantle as Britain’s No 1.

 

A statement on her Twitter profile read: “This is the word that I’ve probably been used to 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.

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