2013 Retirement Round-Up
Published December 09, 2013 12:01
A little over a month after achieving the biggest feat of her career by capturing a Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, eight-time WTA titlist and former World No.7 Bartoli announced her decision.
"My body just can't do it anymore," Bartoli said after losing in the second round in Cincinnati. "I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything."
Also with eight WTA titles to her name is Chakvetadze, who in 2007 reached her career-high of No.5, had her best Grand Slam showing with a semifinal run at the US Open and made the semifinals of the WTA Championships. A chronic back injury triggered her retirement announcement in September.
Earlier in the year, five-time WTA titlist and former World No.13 Agnes Szavay, the 2007 WTA Newcomer Of The Year, retired after having dealt with a variety of injuries recently.
"This is a very emotional and in a way tragic moment in my life," Szavay said. "For more than 10 years, my life was centered around tennis. That's what I'm good at, I love to play and I believe that I still had a lot in me. It took me a lot of time to make this decision, but I had no choice - I don't want to risk my health."
Other former Top 50 players to announce their retirements this year were Elena Baltacha, Séverine Beltrame, Jill Craybas, Anne Keothavong, Rebecca Marino and Anastasija Sevastova. Baltacha is a former British No.1, Beltrame is most known for her run to the 2006 Wimbledon quarterfinals, Craybas' accomplishments included an upset of Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2005, Keothavong was the only Brit to reach a WTA semifinal between 1992 and 2012, Marino was the runner-up at Memphis in 2011, and Sevastova was the only Latvian in the last 20 years to win a WTA title.