Ivanovic retires

Ana Ivanovic has decided that she has had enough of the pro tour by announcing she is retiring from the professional game.

I can only play if I can perform up to my own high standard and I can no longer do that

The popular player revealed her decision live on Facebook having in the previous 24-hours, teased her fans by asking them to watch by stating she was going to make an important announcement, which immediately led to speculation about possible retirement.

The 29 year-old Serbian, who has suffered a series of injuries over the years, admitted that the physical toll of the circuit was proving too much after 13 years.

"I’ve decided to retire from professional tennis," she announced. "It has been a difficult decision, but there’s so much to celebrate.

"I was ranked number one in the world and won Roland Garros in 2008. I’ve seen the highs I never dreamt of achieving.

"I won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, I played in three Grand Slam finals and a Fed Cup final and played so many memorable matches.

"But seeing those ‘highs’ in any professional sport requires top physical form and it’s well known that I’ve been hampered by injury.

"I can only play if I can perform up to my own high standard and I can no longer do that so it’s time to move on."

During the summer she married Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and was due to begin the 2017 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland, starting on January 2 in preparation for the Australian Open, which she has also entered.

But as she mentioned, she did climb as high as No1 for 12 weeks in 2008, the years she made her biggest impact on the game by winning her single grand slam title at the French Open.

Since then she has struggled to find the form that brought her that success with her last outing now being at the US Open in September when she lost in the opening round resulting in her dropping out of the top 50 for the first time since 2010.

Her decision also follows medical advice which saw her take time off for the rest of the 2016 season to try and heal a recurring wrist injury as well as having surgery on a problematic toe.

WTA chairman Steve Simon called Ivanovic a "true champion and a great ambassador for the sport of women’s tennis".

"She has contributed greatly to the entire sport, both in her home country of Serbia and across the globe," he added.

"She will certainly be missed on our tour as she is not only one of a very select few that achieved the WTA No 1 ranking but is also one of the most respected players on Tour."

Her smile and friendliness will also be missed.



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