Regensburg (AP) – Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Julia Görges ended her career with emotional words focused on her sport.

“Dear tennis,” wrote the 31-year-old German number two alongside a childhood photo with a tennis racket: “I always knew I would feel it when the right time had come to say goodbye – the moment had come. . ” She is ready to “close the chapter on tennis and start a new one,” which she is very much looking forward to.

In the middle of the coronavirus crisis, Bad Oldesloerin, who lives in Regensburg, decided to quit tennis. Ten years after her first of a total of seven titles on the WTA Tour and more than two years after she reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon. After the tournament break of a month, Görges played alone in Rome and at the French Open, but lost early in the first and second round. The second round in Paris against her Swabian colleague Laura Siegemund was her last match.

German tennis loses a player from the golden generation around three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber, former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki and former top teen Andrea Petkovic. Former number one in the world Kerber congratulated her longtime companion “on a great career” and said, “Something you can be proud of forever.” You wish her “all the best for the exciting time that is now beginning”.

One of the biggest successes of Görges’s career was the tournament victory in Stuttgart in 2011. In 2014 she was part of the Fed Cup team, which reached the final, but lost to the host country of the Czech Republic in Prague. In the summer of 2018, she entered the top ten as number nine in the world. In 2019 she obtained her last title in Auckland. The 1.80 meter tall athlete is currently in 45th place in the world rankings and recently made a name for herself with a change of coach.

“In the Fed Cup, Jule was an absolutely reliable and valuable team player,” said former Fed Cup team principal Barbara Rittner. Of course the decision caused “a certain melancholy”, explained the German women’s tennis director: “But I can understand very well that in these difficult times you deal more intensively with the end of your career and then take the step.” Last December, doubles specialist Anna-Lena Grönefeld had already stopped.

When she started at the age of five, she “never thought we would go this far together,” Görges wrote of tennis. She is grateful that she has learned to “deal with the toughest defeats” and enjoy “the greatest of victories”. “You’ll be in my heart forever,” she said.

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