London, Nov. 12: The 2016 WTA Finals champion Dominika Cibulkova has announced her retirement at the age of 30.
Cibulkova has not played on the WTA Tour since the French Open due to a recurring Achilles injury.
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Today, with mixed feelings, I have special news to share with you all. As you know I haven’t been playing tournaments for several months. What started as a recurringAchilles injury, developed into one of the most difficult moments in my life – deciding on what to do with my tennis career. After a lot ofthinking, talks, and support from my family, friends, and my team, I have finally decided that I will notbe returning to the courts as a competitive player. It is a moment filled with so many feelings - saddness, fear of the unknown, but also excitement of what lifewill bring in the future. I was one of theluckiest kids to stumble upon the road of a tennis player thanks to my wonderful parents and I will be forever grateful for their unconditional support.They dideverything possible to keep me moving forward no matter how big the obstaclesthatstood in the way. I was also very fortunate to have a whole « village » of wonderful people around me who helped shape my career and help me achieve goals and dreams that children dreamabout. I am chosing today as the day I announce my retirement from tennis because this is also a day on which my biography is being launched with all of the details about my career. Writing the book was a journey on its own because it also brought lots ofemotionsand tooka significanteffort to open up about my personal life.I am honored to share this special book with all my fans. I am looking forward to step into the next part of my life and take onnewchallenges, spend happy times with my family, friends, making new friends, visiting new places, and makingnew memories. I will miss the support of my fans on the tennis court but will never forget you because tennis will always bea part of me. Pomeeee ;) New chapter begins now….❤️
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The former world number four, a runner-up in her only grand slam final at the Australian Open five years ago, decided Roland Garros would be her swansong and is ready for life after tennis.
"It was strange because I knew, and no one around me except my team knew it would be my last tournament." Cibulkova said in her WTA exit interview.
"At that point, I was 100 per cent sure. I wasn't doubting or thinking 'maybe yes or no.' I knew I wanted to do it like this, for this to be my last tournament.
"I went home and was happy with my decision. It's really hard to make it, but once you do, you feel more free.
"I feel like this life has been fulfilled for me, and I want to start a new one.