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Olympic medalist Timea Bacsinszky retires from tennis

Aug 26, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland returns a shot against Catherine McNally of the United States in a first round match on day one of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 26, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland returns a shot against Catherine McNally of the United States in a first round match on day one of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Olympic medalist and four-time WTA singles titlist Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland is retiring from tennis.

She announced her retirement Friday on Twitter, posting a letter to professional tennis, saying it had “been the most beautiful school of life and I cannot thank you enough for that…18 beautiful years during which I dedicated myself to you. Now it’s time for me to turn the page, and write new ones, which I hope will be as intense.”

Bacsinszky, 32, peaked in the world rankings at No. 9 on May 16, 2016. She has fallen each year since to No. 517 as she retired.

In Grand Slam tournaments, she reached the semifinals of the French Open twice, 2015 and ’17. In Rio de Janeiro in 2016, she partnered with Martina Hingis to win the silver medal in doubles.

Bacsinszky also represented Switzerland in the Billie Jean King Cup competition for 14 years.

“Timea has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport of tennis, on and off court, and she will be missed by fans around the world,” said Steve Simon, WTA chairman and CEO. “Her results over many years speak for themselves and contribute a terrific legacy to Swiss tennis.”

–Field Level Media