By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
Thailand’s most successful professional tennis player Tamarine Tanasugarn announced her retirement from the game after more than 22 years on the circuit.
The 39-year-old, who was world No 19 in May 2002, decided to call it a day after her mother Sunetra passed away on Saturday at the age of 66.
“Life without mom is tough. I thought it’s time to hang up the racquet. The level of success I achieved, the heights I reached was far from what I thought I would,” said Tamarine, winner of four WTA singles titles.
“I have experienced the highest as well as the lowest moments throughout my career. I have looked at those as some kind of a valuable experience. I’m getting older and it’s time to move on to the next phase of my life,” said Tamarine.
“In fact, I was waiting for the right moment to announce my retirement. I have to focus on a new career and unfortunately I won’t have the guidance of my mother. However, I will try to pass on my experience to younger players.”