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Julia Goerges retires, ‘ready to say goodbye’ to playing career

BERLIN — Former Wimbledon semifinalist Julia Goerges announced her retirement from tennis Wednesday at the age of 31.

The German reached her highest ranking of 9th in the world in 2018 and was ranked 45th at her retirement. Her most recent match was a second-round loss to fellow German Laura Siegemund at the French Open.

Goerges, in a letter addressed to the game of tennis, wrote that she was “ready to say goodbye” after a 15-year pro career.

“I always knew how I would feel when it is time to say goodbye to you, and that moment has arrived. I am ready to close the tennis chapter of my life and open a new one, which I am really excited about,” she added.

Goerges reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2018 before losing in straight sets to Serena Williams. She was runner-up in mixed doubles at the French Open in 2014

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