Former World #1 Ana Ivanovic Retires From Professional Tennis

Ana Ivanovic (click to enlarge)

Ana Ivanovic (click to enlarge)

With so many sad goodbyes in the news lately, including this Star Wars fan saying goodbye to Our Princess, Carrie Fisher (and then Debbie Reynolds), it is with a bit of a heavy heart that I finally say a happy goodbye to Ana Ivanovic. Not happy in the sense that I wanted to see the 2008 Roland Garros champion announce her retirement after another injury plagued season. What I mean is that sometimes a player leaves the professional ranks and it just feels like it’s time. We, as fans, will miss the former world #1 but she seemed to already be transitioning into other endeavors with her game only a whisper of its past glory. Although only 29, her body is breaking down. The effort she would need to put in might not be worth whatever reward was in store. This former little girl who learned the game practicing in an empty swimming pool, cut sessions short to take shelter from bombs…BOMBS!…dropping in her then-war torn Serbia, surviving to one day sit on top of the women’s tennis mountain and become one of the players of her time most beloved by fans, has nothing to prove to anybody.  Thank you for your class and the thrilling play over the years. Be well, Ana.

 

ANA IVANOVIC (Serbia)

12 weeks at #1 (singles)

1 Major (2008 Roland Garros women’s singles)

15 WTA Singles Titles

2-time Major runner-up (2007 Roland Garros, 2008 Australian Open women’s singles)

Fed Cup finalist (Serbia 2012)

Hopman Cup finalist (Serbia 2013)

480 WTA singles matches won

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5 thoughts on “Former World #1 Ana Ivanovic Retires From Professional Tennis

  1. I bet the pregnancy will soon follow! Good luck to her in the future..she has always been a great ambassador for the sport. And a special thanks to Ana for defeating Serena in the 2014 AO, and helping my fave Li Na win that tournament. I don’t think Li could have beaten Serena had they met that year.

    • I expected this announcement to be a dual pregnancy/retirement announcement…I agree the pregnancy announement is coming sooner rather than later…

    • I saw a story too…but it hasn’t been shared much. Should be. My guess is that when the Aussie Open comes around, we’ll hear more about the birth.

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