Tennis player Ana Ivanovic, from Serbia.
Tennis player Ana Ivanovic, from Serbia. Kamran Jebreili

Ivanovic announces immediate retirement from tennis

ANA Ivanovic has announced her retirement and has withdrawn from the upcoming summer of tennis Down Under.

The 29-year-old Serbian tennis star made the surprise announcement on her Facebook page.

The former world No.1 and French Open champion confirmed her impending absence from the tennis circuit, including next week's ASB Classic in Auckland and the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Tennis insiders had speculated that Ivanovic was set to announce her retirement.

But there were also rumours that she could be pregnant.

Ivanovic has struggled with injuries over the past two seasons and has slipped to world No.63 in the rankings.

The past year was her worst WTA campaign in more than a decade. The three-time grand slam finalist ended the year outside the top 50 for the first time since 2004, and had first-round losses at Wimbledon and the US Open.

She was also stopped in the third round at the Australian and French Opens, and announced after the US Open that she was taking a break from the WTA tour to rest a wrist injury.

Ivanovic married German football star Bastian Schweinsteiger, who plays in Manchester United, in Venice last July in a glitzy ceremony, and had made no secret of her desire to start a family in the coming years.

NZ HERALD



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