Sunday, May 24, 2009

Farewell, Emelie

Emelie Loit announced her retirement today, effective the moment she leaves the doubles court at Roland Garros. The 29-year-old (she'll be 30 June 9) French left-hander is known as a clay court specialist. Loit, whose highest ranking was number 27 (2004), is currently ranked number 117 in the world. Her highest doubles ranking was number 15 (2003), and she is currently ranked number 199.

Loit, who turned pro in 1994, won three Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles and sixteen doubles titles. She played for four seasons on the French Fed Cup team.

Loit was defeated today in the first round of the French Open by Timea Bacsinszky. She is playing doubles at the tournament with Kristina Mladenovic. Their first round will be played against 7th seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.

I always enjoyed watching Loit, with her deft touch, and I know I join many in saying I will miss her.

(The Google translator, by the way, tells me that Loit will soon be permanently storing her snowshoes.)

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