Former World No. 52 Silvia Soler-Espinosa, of Spain, has announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 32. The Spaniard made the announcement on her Instagram account on Saturday in a lengthy post. “I fell in love with tennis when I was only 5 years old, in Elche.
My parents used to play their doubles match with my friends and my sisters and I began to have the first contact with a racket. I was captivated by those classes where I had a lot of fun and who always ended up telling a joke to say goodbye until next weekend.
Together with you I have lived the best moments of my life; You have taught me about sport and about life. I have grown with you and we have also suffered together. Today I am writing this letter to you because after many years enjoying, thanks to you, a privileged life, I have to say goodbye.
It is goodbye from love, because since I was little I discovered that you are my passion and that will continue to be so for life, but the time has come to enjoy yourself from other perspectives. I would like to especially thank my parents, my sisters and Blanca; Without them this would not have been possible, their unconditional support has been the best of my pillars.
Along this path, despite the loneliness that is always associated with living with you, I was fortunate to continue to be surrounded by my friends, and I was able to form teams with professionals who always sought the best for me and from whom I learned a great deal.
If there is something that life has taught me on this beautiful journey, it is that dreams can come true and that only work can bring you closer to them. I love you tennis, from the first day I saw you! Until forever, Silvia Soler-Espinosa peaked at a career-high ranking of World No.52 in 2012, reached the third round of the 2011 and 2012 US Opens, and the 2014 French Open and reached two finals on the WTA singles circuit.
In doubles, she peaked at No. 39 in the world, and reached the quarter-finals at three Grand Slams in her career She also won 1 WTA doubles title at the Connecticut Open in New Haven in 2014 with Andreja Klepac. On ITF Tour, she won five single titles, and two doubles titles.
She represented Spain at the 2012 London Olympics, played in the Fed Cup for Spain in nine ties. Some of her biggest wins on the tour came over former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.
Me cautivaron esas clases en las que me divertía muchísimo y que siempre terminaban contando un chiste para despedirnos hasta el próximo fin de semana. Junto a ti he vivido los mejores momentos de mi vida; me has enseñado sobre el deporte y sobre la vida.
He crecido contigo y también hemos sufrido juntos. Hoy te escribo esta carta porque después de muchos años disfrutando , gracias a ti, de una vida privilegiada, tengo que decirte adiós. Es un adiós desde el cariño, porque desde que era pequeñita descubrí que eres mi pasión y eso seguirá siendo así de por vida, pero ha llegado el momento de disfrutarte desde otras perspectivas.
Quisiera darle las gracias en especial a mis padres, mis hermanas y a Blanca; sin ellos esto no hubiese sido posible, su apoyo incondicional ha sido el mejor de mis pilares. En este camino, pese a la soledad que siempre se asocia a vivirte, tuve la suerte de seguir rodeada de mis amigos de siempre, y pude formar equipos con profesionales que siempre buscaron lo mejor para mí y de los cuales aprendí muchísimo.
Si hay algo que en este precioso viaje me ha enseñado la vida es que los sueños se pueden hacer realidad y que sólo el trabajo te puede acercar a ellos. Te quiero tenis, desde el primer día que te vi!
Hasta siempre, Silvia #tenis #tennis #goodbye #hastasiempre
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