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2016 gold medalist Monica Puig retires from tennis

Monica Puig returns a serve in the second set during the Western & Southern Open match between Monica Puig and Yafan Wang at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Wang advanced with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win.Monica Puig Vs Yafan Wang Western Southern Open
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Monica Puig, a gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, announced her retirement from tennis on Monday.

As she fought injuries for the past few years, she started her transition to broadcasting. She announced Monday she is joining ESPN full-time.

“It’s not a goodbye, but a see you soon,” Puig, 28, wrote on Instagram. “Over the past 28 years of my life, tennis has been my constant. It has given me some of the most thrilling and memorable experiences I could have ever asked for. But, sometimes, good things come to an end. Today, I announce my retirement from tennis. After a tough 3 year fight with injuries and 4 surgeries, my body had enough.”

On the WTA Tour, the Puerto Rican hit a career-high ranking of No. 27 in 2016. She had one tour victory, coming in Strasbourg, France, in 2014.

At the 2016 Olympics, she defeated German Angelique Kerber in the gold-medal match after previously beating Garbine Muguruza of Spain and Czech Petra Kvitova along the way. She was the first person to win an Olympic gold medal while representing Puerto Rico.

After dealing with elbow and shoulder injuries, Puig returned to the court in April at the Mutua Madrid Open, losing in straight sets in the first round to American Danielle Collins.

–Field Level Media