28 dic. 2016

Ana Ivanovic has announced her retirement from professional tennis. 28 December 2016

Along with compatriots Jelena Jankovic and Novak Djokovic, Ivanovic helped lead a Serbian revolution in pro tennis in the late 2000s—all three reached the No. 1 ranking at various points in their careers. Ivanovic was the first to achieve it; the first to reach a Grand Slam singles final, at the 2007 French Open; and the first to win a Grand Slam singles title, at the 2008 French Open. Earlier that year she also reached the final of the Australian Open.

Ivanovic’s time as No. 1 was short-lived, however. After reaching the sport’s apex in June 2008, she took a third-round loss at Wimbledon to 133rd-ranked Jie Zheng and a second-round loss to 188th-ranked qualifier Julie Coin at the U.S. Open. By year’s end she was ranked No. 5, with Jankovic supplanting her as No. 1.

While Ivanovic failed to scale such heights again, she remained one of the tour’s most lethal competitors for the rest of her career.