28 February 2020

Sweden's Johanna Larsson announces retirement from tennis

Swedish tennis player Johanna Larsson has announced her retirement from the sport after 14 years as a professional.

The 31 year-old won both the Swedish Open and Nuremburg Cup in a singles career which saw her reach world No 45.

And she also achieved doubles success by reaching the French Open semi-finals and Australian Open last eight.

Larsson confirmed she would be stepping away from the court in an interview with Swedish media, meaning her final match was a Fed Cup defeat to Poland's Magda Linette earlier this month.

She said: “I’m extremely happy and proud of what I’ve done. It’s been a great journey with many wonderful moments.

“I feel that my energy is not really there to play at 100% and I don’t want to play tennis unless I play at the highest level.

“It’s clear that there will be a void, but right now it feels nice not to have to count down the days before I go. It’s nice that my diary is empty and that I can just take each day as it comes."

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