Mari Osaka, 24, announces retirement from tennis

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Mari Osaka says that tennis was a journey she didn’t fully enjoy, so she decided to end her career at the age of 24.

Mari Osaka of Japan in action during the first round at the 2019 Miami Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Sharing a photo of the sea and bright blue sky, the Japanese WTA player announced the end of her career on Instagram:

I am retired from playing tennis. It was a journey which I didn’t enjoy ultimately but I’m grateful for all the memories and support I’ve gained and received over the years from the sport. I’m moving on now so you can look forward to new fun projects upcoming in the future.

Mari’s highest singles ranking was No.280 and she has never won a WTA title in neither singles nor doubles. The tennis world largely knows her as the older sister of Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion and former world No.1.

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