Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement on Wednesday. Her playing career spanned 13 years, and saw her win the 2008 French Open and 15 WTA singles titles. The 29-year-old made the decision because she believes she is no longer in 'top physical form', and posted a statement on Twitter to explain the decision to her fans:
To my dear supporters.... pic.twitter.com/9ycCamNela
— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) December 28, 2016
Ivanovic's decision came as a shock to many, and several in the tennis fraternity expressed their thoughts on social media after the announcement.
The WTA commemorated her retirement with a video montage:
— WTA (@WTA) December 28, 2016
Doubles World No 1 Sania Mirza tweeted her support to Ivanovic:
Will miss you and our laughs and chats.. good luck.. best always .. love https://t.co/sEWhYkB0dQ
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) December 29, 2016
22-time grand slam winner Serena Williams said she'll miss Ivanovic's smile:
@AnaIvanovic my goodness I will miss your smile. All my love.
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) December 28, 2016
Victoria Azarenka reminisced the 'fun' clashes they shared:
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) December 28, 2016
Belinda Bencic bid farewell to her 'idol':
— Belinda Bencic (@BelindaBencic) December 29, 2016
Petra Kvitova, who is reovering from injury after being the victim of a knife attack, also tweeted her support:
We will miss seeing your smile on the court! Fighter, professional, great person. Enjoy your post-tennis life, Ana pic.twitter.com/1FXcBl4C2Z
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) December 28, 2016
Caroline Wozniacki chimed in with her support for Ivanovic:
Will miss you on tour, but excited for you and what your new chapter has to bring. see you soon! https://t.co/twK95j9Dnl
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) December 28, 2016
Tennis legends Chris Evert, Boris Becker and Billie Jean King had kind words for the Serbian as well:
That smile, that grace, that forehand, that class....@AnaIvanovic ... Tennis will miss you... BUT, what a rich life you have ahead of you!!!
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) December 28, 2016
— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) December 28, 2016
@AnaIvanovic Best wishes with your future endeavors. Will miss seeing that spectacular smile! Once a champion, always a champion.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) December 28, 2016
2008 Roland-Garros winner
2007 Roland-Garros & 2008 AusOpen finalist
Former world number 1
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) December 28, 2016
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) December 28, 2016
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) December 28, 2016
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Updated Date: Dec 29, 2016 11:13:30 IST