Tennis - Spain's Anabel Medina has said that she will retire from the game after the US Open. Medina is currently the captain of the Spanish Federation Cup team and will turn 36 years old on July 31st. She has won 11 singles titles and 28 doubles titles during her career - that includes two French Open doubles titles.
The US Open kicks off on August 27th in New York. In a statement, the Spaniard stated, “This is the moment to end a period and bid farewell. I will be always linked to tennis. I wanted to retire while playing, not because of an injury and for that I decided to return.
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 made the announcement in Madrid, accompanied by the head of the Spanish Tennis Federation.
She has a 2-4 record in doubles this season, along with her partner Arantxa Parra. She is currently ranked No. 277 in the world rankings in doubles and has been as high as No. 3 in 2008. She was also ranked as high as No. 16 in singles.
During her break from the game, Medina also worked with Jelena Ostapenko, who she guided to the French Open title in 2017. She stopped working with Ostapenko at the end of last year as she was named the captain of the Spanish Fed Cup team.