Olympic tennis champion Monica Puig ends career

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Tennis star Monica Puig, the 2016 Olympic champion of Rio de Janeiro, hangs her racket from the hook. The 28-year-old Puerto Rican announced this on Instagram on Monday.

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“After a tough three-year battle with injuries and four surgeries, it’s been enough for my body,” said Puig. “The decision is not an easy one, because I would have liked to have stopped the way I wanted. But sometimes life has other plans and we need to open new doors to exciting possibilities.” She will do mostly television work at ESPN.

Puig, who dropped to place 1171 in the world ranking, gave her country the first gold medal ever at the Olympic Games in 2016. She defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the final in Rio in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-1). She had to be absent for the Tokyo Games last year because of an operation on her shoulder. The Puerto Rican won one WTA title in her career, in 2014 in Strasbourg. In September 2016, she reached her highest position on the WTA ranking with 27th place.

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