Belgrade: Serbian professional lawn tennis player and former world No. 1, Ana Ivanovic today announced her retirement in a surprising manner.
Ivanovic mentioned about her sudden retirement on a post on her Facebook account yesterday, “I’ve decided to retire from professional tennis. It has been a difficult decision, but there is so much to celebrate.”
The tennis star grabbed the No.1 position in 2008, has started playing professional tennis when she was just five years old, interestingly she has won 15 titles on the WTA Tour and the 2008 French Open championship.
Ivanovic said, “I began dreaming of tennis when I was five and saw Monica Seles play on TV. My parents backed me all the way, and by the time I was ranked No.1 in the world and won Roland Garros in 2008, I’ve seen the heights I’ve never dreamt of achieving.”
The 29-year-old sensational tennis star, who has served as Unicef National Ambassador to Serbia since 2007, said she planned to be an ambassador for tennis and to promote healthy lifestyles.
She was last seen playing in the 2016 US Open in which she faced defeat in the first round.
The former French Open champion married German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger, who plays for Manchester United, on July 12th.