Spanish tennis player Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez announces retirement after 22 years as a professional

Sanchez made six appearances in the third round of Grand Slams (PA Images)
16:34pm, Wed 15 Jan 2020
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Spanish tennis player Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez has announced her retirement from the sport after 22 years as a professional.

The 37-year-old, who reached the third round of the French Open and Wimbledon twice, won five WTA and 12 ITF titles in her career.

But after winning her final tournament at the Bronx Open in August last year with doubles partner Darija Jurak, the Spaniard has decided 2020 is the year she packs the racket as well.

Speaking on social media, she said: "I thought the time would not come. I announce that I have made the decision to complete my career. It has been many years dedicated to something that I love and I can only thank all those who have accompanied me along the way. 

"Glad to close a stage and start a new one! Satisfied with what was achieved and wanting to undertake new adventures. Many thanks to everyone and I will keep you informed of my next challenges!"