Former British number one Johanna Konta announces retirement from tennis at 30 1 month ago

Former British number one Johanna Konta announces retirement from tennis at 30

She made the semi finals of Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open

Former British number one and Wimbledon semi-finalist Johanna Konta has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of just 30.

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She made the announcement on social media earlier today (December 1), saying she was "grateful" for the career she had had.

In 2017, Konta made history by becoming the first British woman to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 39 years - reaching a career-high ranking of number four in the world.

During her career she also made the last four at the 2016 Australian Open and the 2019 French Open, while her best result at the US Open was a quarter-final run in 2019.

In a statement posted on Twitter, she said: "My playing career has come to an end and I am so incredibly grateful for the career that it turned out to be.

"All the evidence pointed towards me not 'making' it in this profession. However my luck materialised in the people that came into my life and impacted my existence in ways that transcended tennis."

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After struggling for form and fitness in recent months though, she had dropped to 113th in the world, winning just one match at her last five Grand Slams.

Earlier this year she was replaced by Emma Raducanu as British number one after the teenager's stunning US Open triumph.

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