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Olympic champion retires from tennis at age 28

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Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig on Tuesday announced her retirement from tennis, citing injury issues.

“Today, I announce my retirement from tennis. After a tough three-year fight with injuries and four surgeries, my body (has) had enough,” the 28-year-old said in an Instagram post.

“This decision isn’t an easy one because I would’ve loved to retire on my own terms, but sometimes life has other plans,” Puig said in the post, while also announcing her post-playing plans include a job in broadcasting with ESPN.

Puig became the first-ever gold medallist from Puerto Rico at Rio 2016 when, at age 22, she beat German Angelique Kerber in the final match.

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That was after earlier wins over two more Grand Slam champions, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova.

The Puerto Rican, whose career-high ranking was 27, was not able to compete for back-to-back gold medals in Olympic women’s tennis at Tokyo 2020 due to injury.

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