Ana Ivanovic, 29, has announced her retirement from tennis in a Facebook post to fans. In the heartbreaking post, Ivanovic admitted she couldn’t play professional tennis the way she would love to because of the injuries she had suffered. In her words, “I can only play if I perform up to my own high standards. I can no longer do that, so it’s time to move on.”
Ivanovic hails from Serbia and began playing professional tennis 13 years ago. She reached the peak of her career when she won the French Open(also known Roland Garros) in 2008 and was ranked world number one in women tennis.
The former world number will be remembered in Serbia as the first woman to win a Grand Slam singles title. Aside the Grand Slam trophy, she also won 15 tournaments in her 13 years of playing professional tennis. Pleased with her achievements she added, “my dear parents backed me all the way and by the time I was the world No1 and won Roland Garros in 2008, I have seen the heights I never dreamt of achieving,”
She thanked her fans for supporting her in good and in bad times and urged them not to be “sad, be optimistic alongside me.” The Serbian said she will be active as a sport ambassador while promoting healthy living. She also indicted interest in business, beauty and fashion.
Ivanovic is married to Manchester United footballer, Bastian Schweinsteiger.