Cara moots retirement

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s tennis ace Cara Black has hinted at hanging up her racket and calling it quits to a game that has seen her rise to become one of the most respected women’s doubles players.

Black and her Indian partner Sarnia Mirza were crowned the WTA doubles champions on Sunday to end the season and their partnership in remarkable fashion.

That win carried $500 000 with Black, who has now racked over $7 million on the circuit since turning professional 15 years ago, adding to her fortune, a windfall she says has not made her life a bed of roses.

The Indo-Zimbabwean combination prevailed 6-1, 6-0 over Su-Wei Hseih of Chinese Taipei and Shuai Peng of China in a clash that lasted just about an hour.

That win saw the doubles pair rise to World No. 3 in latest WTA Doubles rankings, albeit in their last match together.

The combination will be breaking up at the end of the season, with the globetrotting tennis ace opting to have more time with her husband and her two-year-old blonde haired baby boy Lachlan.

“It looks like she is going to retire I think the Australian Open is going to be her last one. She wants a baby as well,” Wayne Black, Cara’s older brother said yesterday.

With the pair splitting, Sania will pair with Chinese Taipei's Su-Wei Hseih in the 2015 season.

On Sunday, the Indo-Zimbabwean broke the East Asians thrice in the opening set and were decisively better with their first serve.

Black sealed the match and title with an overhead through the centre before turning to embrace Mirza for the last time in a career that began 13 months ago.

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