Mauresmo bows out gracefully.

The former world No 1, who currently stands 21 in the rankings, won Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 2006 during a stellar career which saw her land 25 singles titles.

“I made this decision after careful consideration,” an emotional Mauresmo told a news conference at Issy, on the outskirts of Paris.

  Mauresmo came to prominence at Grand Slam level with a run to the 1999 Australian Open and she reached the semis at the US Open that same year.

Her Wimbledon title success came after three losing semi-final showings.

In 2004 she won Olympic silver. However, she suffered disappointments on home clay at Roland-Garros, where she could only manage two runs to the quarter-finals.

In 2005 she won the Masters end of season event.

Mauresmo’s last appeared on court was on Sept 2 when she lost in the second round of the US Open against 39th-ranked Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in straight sets.

She announced the following month she would not play again this season citing a slump in her motivation to keep competing at the top level.

Her final title came appropriately enough at the Partis Open earlier this year when she defeated Elena Dementiev


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