Former World No.32 Bojana Jovanovski Petrovic has announced her retirement from tennis following a series of injury-plagued seasons.
WTA Staff
November 28, 2018

Former World No.32 Bojana Jovanovski Petrovic of Serbia announced her retirement from tennis on Wednesday. 

The 26-year-old posted two lengthy messages in English and her native Serbian on Facebook to make the announcement.

"The first chapter of my professional life has come to end. My career as a professional player is completed," she wrote. 

"After a lot of thinking and numerous injuries and operations, it was very hard for me to make a final decision. I am still very passionate about tennis and competing but my body can not follow.

"Since I can no longer train and play the way I used to, give my best and fulfill all professional goals I had no other option."

Jovanovski Petrovic made her WTA debut in 2010, and won her first WTA title at the Baku Cup two years later.

A fixture for her country in Fed Cup, she won the Heart Award for commitment to her nation in 2011.

She appeared in eight ties over five years and helped Serbia reach the Fed Cup final in 2012. Overall, Jovanovski Petrovic won a pair of WTA singles titles in her career and reached the second week of the Australian Open in 2013. 

After a nearly two-year absence from tennis due to wrist and shoulder injuries which required surgery, Jovanovski Petrovic attempted to return to the WTA at the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy in February, and competed intermittently on the ITF Circuit and in WTA qualifying for the rest of this season. 

Though she's made the decision to hang up her racquets as a player, the Serb's future plans will continue to center around the sport. 

"Tennis has given me a lot and enriched my life. I had a chance to travel the world, meet people and make friends for life. In the future, tennis will remain a big part of my life. I'm not leaving for good and without a plan," she added.

"My next goal is to graduate psychology and to continue with tennis activities but this time as a coach. Tennis is my life and my love and that will never change."