Couple of days ago Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement from professional tennis. This news was very unexpected for many tennis fans around the world. In her statement Serbian star said that it was a very difficult decision, that she had a great career ad enjoyed every moment of it and it’s time to turn the new page.
For me Ana always was and is one of the most classy and elegant female tennis players of our time. I remember, when this young and very open girl just started to play on the WTA Tour, she immediately drew the attention with her fast game as well as her natural beauty. Ivanovic climbed the stairs of world ranking with confidence.
She went to the very top of it when after winning her semi-final match against Jelena Jankovic at Roland Garros 2008 Ivanovic reached her career highest ranking of World #1. Then there was Roland Garros victory and criticism about her rather emotional behavior on the court. Following one and a half year were not easy but already at the end of 2010 she came back, slim, more mature and ready for the new challenges. During her career Ana played tone of great matches and won 15 WTA tournaments. She was always very nice and wherever she would go to play, crowd just adored her.
It’s very pity that Ana Ivanovic is leaving the professional sport. And not only because she is a great player and great champion. For me she is someone like Grace Kelly of women’s tennis tour. I hope that this new beginning of her life will be just as successful as the last 13 years that she has spent on the court. Thank you, Ana!