The former World No.1 and French Open 2008 winner Ana Ivanovic bid adieu to her professional tennis career on 28 December. Having been absent with injury since August, Ivanovic announced her retirement stating that she was no longer able to play to her high standards.
Nevertheless, in her 13 year long professional career, Ivanovic has enjoyed her set of highs and lows to come this far. Though the retirement came early, Ivanovic confirmed that it is not the end of everything. The Serbian who looks forward to make a mark in new endeavours such as philanthropy, business and fashion.
As the nostalgia sets in, here are 10 facts and trivia about the 29-year-old to keep her now ended association with tennis afresh.
1. Ana Ivanovic tarted playing tennis after watching Monica Seles
Ana was born on 6 November 1987 and brought up in a Serbian family in Belgrade. Her mother is a lawyer and her father Miroslav is an economist.
She first held her tennis racket at the age of five after watching her idol Monica Seles, a fellow Yugoslav, on television.
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