Prague: Czech doubles specialist Barbora Strykova (Pixel), Who announced her first pregnancy in March, said Tuesday that she had retired from tennis, hoping to play one last match after giving birth.
Strycova, 35, is ranked second in doubles and 52nd in singles, and she won the Wimbledon doubles title with Hsieh Su Wei in 2019 and reached the singles semifinals there that same year, her best Grand Slam scores ever.
“I want to play another match with the fans,” the former world number 1 doubles player told reporters in Prague.
“I’m bidding farewell to my career and not expecting to return to the tour, but I’d like to say goodbye to the fans,” said Strycova, who was looking at the farewell trip to the All England Club. 2022.
“Wimbledon will be a dream, but if it doesn’t work, I will do something here in the Czech Republic,” she said.
Strycova, who last played at the Australian Open in January, won two singles titles and reached a high position with a career of 16, as well as 31 WTA titles overall.
She also won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles with Lucy Savarova at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
“I’ve always done my best. Looking back at her career, I’ve never given up and that’s the most important thing.” – AFP