Former WTA World No.3 (in both singles and doubles) Nadia Petrova has announced her retirement from professional tennis after a 19-year career.
"Tennis has given me so much," Petrova told WTA Insider. "It's given me a career, shaped me as a person, allowed me the opportunity to travel the world, make friends internationally and learn about many cultures. My opportunities have become endless and for that, I'm forever grateful."
The 34-year-old from Russia concludes a career which saw her clinch 13 WTA singles and 24 WTA doubles titles, reach a Grand Slam singles semifinal, advance to two Grand Slam doubles finals and win the WTA Finals doubles title on two occasions.
"Tennis has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. It was pretty much everything I did on a daily basis and the little time I had off, I would spend with my loved ones. I suppose when the time comes to say goodbye, it becomes bitter sweet. It's confusing, somewhat painful, scary yet also gratifying. I've decided to turn the page and move on to another stage in my life.
"I want to start a family, I want to be home more and I want to enjoy a lot of the things I never had time for while I was on the road". So although it's been unfortunate that I was unable to overcome this last injury and compete again, I'm excited for what's to come and be a part of tennis in the future with other aspects of the sport.
“I'd like to make it known that I'm officially retiring from the sport. I plan to stay involved in tennis in the near future. I will be devoting a lot of my time to the sport through charity work which I will make known soon. I may no longer be competing but I will never be far from a court” she said.