Tennis: Former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic retires at 29

Ana Ivanovic

The 29-year-old Ana Ivanovic announced on Facebook Live, saying it was a tough decision, but that there is so much to celebrate after a successful career.

Ivanovic won the 2008 French Open championship against Dinara Safina 6–4, 6–3 in the final.

The Serb has been out with an injury since August 2016. She has dropped to 63 in the world rankings, having won just 15 matches in 2016.

Humble beginnings

Ana Ivanovic was a promising young player who reached the 2005 French Open quarterfinals at just 17. However, she was never the next superstar. Two years later, she was nerve wrecked in managing just three games in the ’07 French Open final against Justine Henin. Furthermore, she lost the ’08 Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova.

It was at age 20 that Ivanovic got her breakthrough with a straight-sets win over No. 13 ranked Dinara Safina, taking both the ’08 French title and the No. 1 ranking. This tour was no doubt the highlight of her career, a moment she was never again able to duplicate.

After Ivanovic’s unforeseen retirement declaration at age 29 Wednesday, it would be simple now, to sum up, her 13 years career as disappointing or slander her brief existence atop the game.

Ana Ivanovic said that “I can only play if it is up to my high standards and I can no longer do that, so it is time has come to move on”.

Ivanovic remained World No.1 for 12 weeks in 2008 and had won 15 career singles titles.

In recent years, She reached the French Open semi-final in 2015.

Ivanovic further said that“It has been a difficult decision, but I have so much to celebrate ”. Ana began dreaming about playing tennis when she was five and saw Monica Seles playing on TV. She concluded, “I have seen heights I never dreamt of achieving ”.

Prior this year, the tennis star married Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. Ana told that she would explore opportunities in business, beauty, and fashion in retirement. In addition, she would give more time for her work with Unicef, with whom she holds the position of National Ambassador for Serbia.

Here is the Facebook live video announcing her retirement.

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