May 14, 2021

Sports Legend

Pregnant Strycova hangs up racket at 35

PRAGUE: Czech doubles specialist Barbora Strycova (pix), who announced her first pregnancy in March, said on Tuesday she was retiring from tennis, hoping for a last game after giving birth.

Currently ranked second in doubles and 52nd in singles, Strycova, 35, won the Wimbledon doubles title with Hsieh Su-wei in 2019 and reached the singles semi-finals the same year, her best Grand Slam results.

“I want to play another game with an audience,” the former world number one. 1 ranked doubles player told reporters in Prague.

“I say goodbye to my career and don’t expect to return to the tour, but I would like to say goodbye to the fans,” said Strycova who has her eyes set on a farewell trip to the All England Club in 2022.

“Wimbledon would be a dream, but if it doesn’t work, I’ll do something here in the Czech Republic,” she said.

Strycova, who last played at the Australian Open in January, won two singles titles, reaching a career ranking of 16, as well as 31 WTA doubles trophies in total.

She also won the bronze medal in women’s doubles with Lucie Safarova at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

“I have always given the best of myself. I never gave up and that’s what matters most, ”said Strycova, looking back on her career. – AFP