Martina Hingis is retiring from tennis at the end of this week’s WTA Finals. The 37-year-old announced on Thursday (Oct 26) that she will retire from tennis, this time for real. This is the third time in her career that Hingis has made such an announcement.

The Swiss player, who has multiple Grand Slam Champion titles to her name, is playing in the doubles tournament alongside Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan.

“Looking back now, it’s hard to believe that almost exactly 23 years ago I made my professional debut,” Hingis said on Facebook.

Earlier in the tournament, the top-seeded pair, Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan of Taipei, defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2.

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“I told Latisha (Chan) from the start (of the year), ‘Hey this will probably be my last year,” Hingis said. “Probably people think after a season like this (to continue) but I think it’s perfect timing because you want to stop on top.”

“I couldn’t ask for a better finish.”

In her long and illustrious career, Hingis won 25 grand slam titles since her WTA Tour debut in 1994, five in singles, seven in mixed doubles and 13 in women’s doubles. Overall, she has claimed 43 singles and 64 doubles titles, and became one of six players to hold the No. 1 ranking in singles and doubles at the same time in her career.

Starting this year, Hingis has brought home nine women’s doubles titles, including the U.S. Open with Chan. She also won the Wimbledon and U.S. Open mixed doubles trophies with Jamie Murray.

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Winner of last year’s WTA Finals doubles title with Sania Mirza, Hingis first went away from tennis in 2003 because of injuries. She returned to the turf in 2006, and was tested positive for cocaine during the 2007 Wimbledon tournament. She left the game again only to return in 2013 and since then rocking the tennis ground.

“I’m looking forward to the things ahead of me, and tennis will always be a part of my life,” Hingis said, adding that “the travel will definitely be one thing I won’t miss anymore.”

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