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Italy's Roberta Vinci ends professional tennis career

IANS  |  Rome 

AItaly's on Monday played her last professional match at age 35, losing to of in the first round of the Italian Open here.

During Vinci's farewell ceremony held at following her defeat, a video of key moments from her career was shown on a large screen, reports

"I'm crying now but I'm happy, I'm happy for what I've accomplished," said. "I would have liked to do better but it doesn't matter that I lost."

had an opportunity to stretch her career for at least one more match, but lost 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 in her last tournament as a professional.

Over her long career, Vinci won 10 singles titles, but lost her biggest singles final at the to fellow Italian

However, Vinci had a successful doubles partnership with Sara Errani, also of Italy, earning five Grand Slam titles; (2012), (2012), (2013, 2014) and (2014).



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 06:20 IST