Former WTA world No.2 and Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska has announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 29.
Radwanska who won 20 WTA titles and was runner-up to Serena Williams at the Wimbledon in 2012 revealed that she can no longer carry on due to her health after she was plagued by back and foot injuries in recent years.
The 29-year old who is the first Polish tennis player to reach a Grand Slam singles final and also first Poland to win the WTA finals said it was not easy for her to quit the game she loves.
She wrote, “I’d like to share with you one of the most important decisions of my life. Today, after 13 years of playing tennis competitively, I have decided to end my career.
“This was not an easy decision. I am grateful to have so many special memories, including 20 WTA titles, the WTA Championships in Singapore, a Wimbledon final, and so many others.
“Unfortunately I am no longer able to train and play the way I used to, and recently my body can’t live up to my expectations.
“Taking into consideration my health and the heavy burdens of professional tennis, I have to concede that I’m not able to push my body to the limits required.”
“I’m hanging the racket up and saying goodbye to the pro tour, but I’m not leaving tennis.
“Tennis is and always has been special in my life. But now it’s time for new challenges, new ideas, equally as exciting as those on the tennis court, I hope.
“Throughout my career, I always did my best to represent my country in the best possible way.
“I hope that my tennis matches were the source of emotions and joy for you all. Your support, warm words, and faith in me were with me in every single match I played and this is what I’m thankful for.”