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South announces retirement

Former British number two Mel South has announced her retirement from tennis.

The 27-year-old, who cracked the world's top 100 back in 2009, has admitted injuries have "taken their toll" on her body and she will now focus on a coaching career.

The Surrey player won six ITF singles titles in her career, plus 24 in doubles, and hit a career-high of 99 in the WTA rankings. She also represented Great Britain in the Fed Cup.

South's most famous victory was arguably her 2006 Wimbledon triumph over 11th seed Francesca Schiavone, who went on to become a Grand Slam champion.

She said: "I feel ready and excited to move onto the next stage of my life. I've had many great moments in my career and am proud of the highs I have reached.

"There are always ups and downs in a player's career and I have been through many of both. I have suffered a few injuries that have now taken their toll on my body but overall I am proud of how I have dealt with both the highs and lows."