Former top-ranked doubles player Barbora Strycova retires
|Toronto Star 04 May 2021 at 15:37|
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Barbora Strycova, a former top-ranked doubles player and Wimbledon singles semifinalist, announced her retirement on Tuesday.
â€śUntil now, tennis was the only world I knew,â€ť Strycova said in a statement. â€śI have always had enormous love for this amazing sport. Even though all the pain, tears, renunciation and sweat, all the great moment(s) and victories were worth it.â€ť
The 35-year-old Czech player previously announced her pregnancy. She is due in September and doesnâ€™t plan to return after giving birth.
â€śI never planned to end my career during a pandemic,â€ť she said. â€śHowever, some moments in life just canâ€™t be planned and I am super excited for my next life role as a mom.â€ť
Strycova won two WTA singles titles and 31 in doubles.
She was at her best at Wimbledon in 2019, when she won the womenâ€™s doubles with Hsieh Su-wei to become No. 1 and reached the singles semifinals, losing to Serena Williams. Her career-high in singles was No. 16.