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Carla Suarez Navarro to end tennis career after 2020 season

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 3 Dec 2019
  • Suarez Navarro to retire after 2020
  • Spaniard hoping to end career inside the top 10
Carla Suarez Navarro (PA Images)

Former top 10 star Carla Suarez Navarro has announced she will retire from tennis after the 2020 season.

Suarez Navarro held a press conference in Barcelona on Tuesday to call time on her professional career upon the completion of the 2020 season.

"The 2020 season will be my last year in the professional tennis circuit," Suarez Navarro told reporters. "The sport has been a fundamental part of my life - it has given me immense joy and I cannot be more grateful for all the experiences that it has allowed me to live.
“At this time, I notice that the time has come to complete a beautiful chapter and begin to enjoy other areas of life. Tennis will always be in me.”

The Spaniard made headlines when she first burst onto the scene as a teenager in 2008, reaching the French Open quarter-finals as a 19-year-old qualifier on her Grand Slam debut.

Suarez Navarro would go on to compile a remarkably consistent career, finishing inside the top 50 for 12 consecutive seasons, with her career-best year coming in 2016 when she won the biggest title of her career in Doha and climbed to her highest ranking of No. 6 in the world.



The 31-year-old had also finished the year inside the top 10 in 2015 after big runner-up appearances in Miami and Rome. Suarez Navarro has advanced to seven Grand Slam quarter-finals to date, including three at the Australian Open and two each at Roland Garros and the U.S. Open.

Suarez Navarro was often a thorn in the side of the very best, claiming 28 top 10 scalps throughout her career over the likes of Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina.

Currently ranked No. 55 in the world, Suarez Navarro was forced to shut down her 2019 season in September due to a persistent back injury.

The Spaniard hopes to be fully fit for the start of 2020 and play a full season with the aim of ending her career in the best fashion possible.

"My goals are going to be as high as ever," she said. "I want to try to finish the year in the Top 10 because I know what it takes to be there.
“I am very excited to participate in another Olympic Games and, as always, I will have the Grand Slams in mind. Although it is the last season of my career, my mentality will be exactly the same: work, humility and ambition."


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