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MUNICH, GERMANY (TICKER) -- Anke Huber, Germany's No. 1 female tennis player, retired Wednesday after losing in the opening round of the season-ending Sanex Championships.

Huber fell to Justine Henin of Belgium, 6-1, 6-2, to finish her 13th and final season on the WTA Tour with a 35-20 match record.

Turning 27 on December 4, Huber said she was tired of the repetitive nature of the tour and wanted a "normal life." She previously had announced this year would be her last.

Huber is 19th in the WTA rankings. She reached the final at the Paris Indoor and Strasbourg International events this season but is without a title since July 2000, when she claimed the Polish Open.

A winner of 12 career WTA titles, Huber played her lone Grand Slam final in 1996, losing to Monica Seles, 6-4, 6-1, at the Australian Open. She also advanced to the semifinals of the 1993 French Open and 1998 Australian Open.

In 1992, Huber teamed with Steffi Graf to capture the Federation Cup for Germany.
 

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anke's always been the sort of player who was just there lurking in the draws always....but i've come to respect her a lot. she's a good competitor and i'll miss seeing her give other players some trouble...
 
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