Double grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza wrapped up her career on court Saturday by announcing her retirement in Madrid.

The 30-year-old Spaniard who won Roland Garros in 2016 and followed up the next summer with a Wimbledon trophy, had not played due to injury since January, 2023, in Lyon.

Muguruza also won the WTA Finals in 2021, along with nine other singles titles including three at the elite 1000 level. She also held the world No. 1 position for four weeks in autumn, 2017.

“It has been a long, beautiful career, full of moments and anecdotes, I could tell a thousand,” she said.

“I feel the time has come to retire, to open a new chapter of my life, a new era. 

“The word ‘retire’ sounds strong: I’m still 30 years old, I feel too young to use such a word.I was nervous, now I feel good (laughs).”

Muguruza selected her pair of Grand Slam titles and the No. 1 status as highlights of her career.

“If you had told me I would achieve so much… I would have signed it: it’s something incredible. What I’m most proud of is having achieved it. 

The player said that she wants to explore a new life post-tennis:

“I want to “make up for that lost time a little”, do common things like being with my family or my friends. I have plans to form a family, getting married, having a dog… 

I want to continue being involved in the world of tennis, I’ve been commentating, involved with my sponsors… I’m not a person who sits back and does nothing, I like it, so they’ll go little things coming up.”

Main photo:- Garbine Muguruza won Roland Garros in 2016 – by Anne Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd