Ana Ivanovic Retires: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: Ana Ivanovic of Serbia returns a shot to Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic during her first round Women's Singles match on Day Two of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Tennis star Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement from the sport on Wednesday, calling it quits at the age of 29.

The Serbian star made the news official via Facebook: 

She provided more details via her official Twitter account:

The former World No. 1 struggled for consistency after her breakout performance at the 2008 French Open, her only Grand Slam title. A brief resurgence in 2014 didn't last, and she fell all the way to 63rd place on the WTA rankings in 2016, per the WTA's official website

Ivanovic, who is married to Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger, remained a favourite of fans, but following a disappointing 2016 season, her retirement shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

Per WTA Insider, Ivanovic revealed she's been thinking about retirement for some time:

Ivanovic enjoyed a spectacular rise up the WTA rankings, starting in 2005, when she won her first tournament on tour. A year later, she defeated then-World No. 1 Martina Hingis at the Rogers Cup, setting herself up for a spectacular 2007.

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Her first and only Grand Slam title came in 2008 at Roland Garros, a result that moved her up to the top of the WTA rankings for the first time in her career. Poor showings at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open cost her the position, however, and injury forced her to miss out on the Summer Olympics.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20:  (L-R) Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic attend the Singles Final between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain at the O2 Arena on November 20, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Ge
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Injuries became a regular occurence for Ivanovic after 2008, and she dropped out of the top 20 the following year. She still enjoyed strong spells, including a return to the top five in 2014 and a semi-final appearance in Paris in 2015, but more injuries took their toll.

Women's tennis legend Billie Jean King praised Ivanovic via Twitter:

Ivanovic's claim she won't disappear from the sport completely could point toward a future in the media or coaching. Per GoalUSA (for Yahoo Sports), husband Schweinsteiger is strongly linked with a move to MLS, so the couple could be heading for the USA shortly.

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