The Czech Republic veteran Barbora Strycova has announced her retirement from the WTA Tour. The 35-year-old has decided to hang her racquet on the wall after nearly two decades of a professional tennis career.
Strycova was a prominent junior tennis player. She won two singles and three doubles girls Grand Slam titles and reached World No.1 in the junior singles and doubles ranking.
The Czech turned into a professional tennis player in 2002. Since then, Barbora lifted two singles and 31 doubles WTA Tour-level titles.
In 2019 Wimbledon, Strycova claimed the doubles crown. At the same time, she reached the semifinal in the singles category. These were her career-best performances in the Grand Slam events.
“Dear fans…or I should just say friends, and as you might have heard. I announced my retirement from professional tennis today. It feels weird. Until now, tennis was the only world I knew. I have always had enormous love for this amazing sport,” Barbora Strycova noted in her recent social media post.
“Even though all the pain, tears, renunciation and sweetness, all the great moments and victories were worth it!” the former World No.16 added.
“I am Super Excited For My Next Life Role as a Mom”, says Barbora Strycova
The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic doubles bronze medalist announced her pregnancy on 26th March 2021. Strycova now looks forward to welcoming a baby boy or girl.
The current World Doubles No.2 continued, “I never planned to end my career during a pandemic. However, some moments in life just can’t be prepared, and I am super excited for my next life role as a mom.”
“It doesn’t mean I will accept the fact that I didn’t play my last match in front of an audience. Once It’s possible, I will play one last match.. In front of you. To say a proper goodbye. Thank you for all your support throughout my career. And see you later!!” Strycova confessed.
Last appearances, Barbora fell in the opening round to Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, and she reached the Round of 32 in the doubles at the Australian Open 2021.