Ana Ivanovic Announces Her Retirement From Pro Tennis
by Staff | December 28th, 2016, 1:35 pm

Former world No. Ana Ivanovic has announced her retirement from tennis effective immediately.

“I’ve decided to retire from professional tennis,” she said on Facebook. “It has been a difficult decision, but there is so much to celebrate.

“I can only play if I can perform up to my own high standards, and I can no longer do that. It’s time to move on

“Don’t be sad, be optimistic alongside me. My love and my greatest thank you to all of you,”

The 29-year-old finishes her career having ranked No. 1 for 12 weeks, winning a Grand Slam at the 2008 French Open and taking home a total of 15 career WTA titles, most recently at 2014 Tokyo. She ended 2016 ranked No. 63.

But injuries took their toll on the Serbian star. And she recently married footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger this past summer.

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11 Comments for Ana Ivanovic Announces Her Retirement From Pro Tennis

skeezer Says:

She gave me much pleasure – to watch………. and perform ;)
A real beauty on the Court.

All the best in your afterlife of Tennis.

Willow Says:

Best of luck in the next chapter of your life Anna, you will be missed, a real beauty and talent to watch on court as Skeezer says, although her results havent been there for some time, after a number of early losses in GS, and a drop in the ranking, i think it was only a matter of time ….

J-Kath Says:

Yes, Anna – a charming, talented young woman. Moving on – a loss to us, but all the best for a wonderful new life for you.

rognadfan Says:

A talented player taken down by injuries. For me, her forhand was beautiful to watch. Watching her always made me think: what if her serve was a bit better?
Good luck to Ana for her next endeavors, whatever they are.

A sidenote: I know several people who found her tennis less attractive than herself but I am more like on the opposite of that spectrum.

BBB Says:

She seems like a really lovely person. I don’t know about injuries, but she never recovered from winning the FO. Bouchard seems to be headed down the same road with the Vogue offers etc (minus the major title).

I don’t like Sharapova, but I respect that she managed the attention while keeping her game in place.

chrisford1 Says:

Ana had quite a journey. Tough times in war for a kid, before her beauty emerged a tall pudgy teen insecure about her body existed (believe it or not)the early years of very little money even on tour. (Photo of her zonked out on friend Novak Djokovics shoulder all hunched up in basic airfare seating on a noisy old turboprop headed for Perth. Paying the dues..needed for later success)
And suddenly, the beauty and game just blossomed. An amazing forehand and very good backhand. She started winning in 2004 and fans and media galore were suddenly at her practices. Not just for tennis. 6 feet tall, willowy, perfect skin, incapable of a bad photo. Then the French Open, #1. Before Novak Dkokovic was a star, as obviously talented as he was – Ana was a star.
Then while she had years of tennis inconsistency, she had a blessed privileged life. Tens of millions in endorsements, a global A-lister. A slew of hot (and very wealthy) boyfriends. And according to one recent article, not given to diva “airs” and remaining at her core a shy and very sweet gal.
Now the next phase in a very fine life coms. And I hope it is kids and a long lasting marriage that builds a fine family.

lakie Says:

If Ana’s serve was good, she would have won many more slams. Her serve was really painful to watch.

Frank frankovich Says:

Ana:great player and best looking looking of all tlme !!

Frank frankovich Says:

Best looker and great player

BBB Says:

lakie – she went the way of Dementieva with her toss….

jane Says:

Hopefully she is happy with this choice; she was sweet to watch when her game was clicking. check out these last 3 points versus janko in the FO 2008 semifinals. whoa! lovely.

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