Iveta Melzer, who was known to WTA fans for years and years as Iveta Benesova until she married ATP World Tour star Jürgen Melzer in 2012, has announced her retirement from professional tennis.
Melzer announced the news with a statement on her official Facebook page.
"So this is the end of my journey as a professional tennis player. This wasn't an easy decision because tennis has been my life since I was a little girl, but it's about the right time. I feel it in my heart. Being out for over a year and still facing continuous shoulder problems has not been easy for me, so this thought has been on my mind for some time. The truth is also that after so many years on tour, it is hard for me to find the determination or desire to make tennis my number one priority in life.
"So deep down inside me I know that this is the right time for me to move on."
Melzer's career was highlighted by two WTA titles at Acapulco in 2004 and Fès in 2010, a career-high ranking of No.25, which she set in 2009, and a whopping 14 WTA doubles titles, including 10 with good friend and countrywoman Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Perhaps the most meaningful of all, though, was winning a Grand Slam title in mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2011 - with her soon-to-be-husband.
Her aforementioned shoulder injury derailed her career in 2012 - after a year and a half out of action she returned earlier this year, playing five more events between Acapulco and the French Open.
Read Melzer's full statement by clicking on the link in her farewell tweet below...
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