After a series of starts and stops the past few years due to injury, former doubles world No. 3 Vania King announced today on Instagram that she’s getting ready to turn the page on her career.
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Vania King set to step away from the game
The Grand Slam doubles champion announced Charleston will be her last tournament.
Published Feb 26, 2020
Her news has been overshadowed by Maria Sharapova announcing her own retirement on Wednesday.
King, who just turned 31, officially entered the pro ranks as a 17-year-old back in 2006 after having made major strides as an amateur. By the end of the season, King had cracked the top 60 in the world and captured her first—and only—singles title in Thailand that fall.
Though she would go on to reach two more singles finals over the course of her career—the most recent one in 2016 at the Jiangxi Open in China—doubles is where she really made her mark. In 2010, King teamed up with Yaroslava Shvedova to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The duo, whose friendship dated back to their junior days, qualified for the WTA Tour Finals that year and in 2011.
Injuries, most notably a debilitating one to her ankle, kept her on the sidelines for much of the past several seasons. She battled to get back on the court and her hard work paid off: Playing with a protected ranking, King and the young American Caroline Dolehide shook up the US Open last year as the unseeded team advanced to the semifinals.
King has had some success in the past at the last three tournaments of her career, reaching the quarterfinals or better between the three of them, including a runner-up finish in Charleston in 2010 with Michaela Krajicek. Partnering with Shvedova there this year, the duo will try to send King off on a high note.