Her tearful announcement at the Western & Southern Open came only two months after she pushed through the pain to win her greatest championship on Wimbledon’s chewed-up grass.
“My body was really starting to fall apart and I was able to keep it together, go through the pain — with a lot of pain — throughout this Wimbledon and make it happen,” the 28-year-old French player said, tears running down her cheeks. “That was probably the last little bit of something that was left inside me.
“I’ve been playing for a long, long, long time, and it’s time for me now. It is.”