Former World No. 3 Nadia Petrova announced her retirement from tennis on Wednesday after a professional career that spanned nearly two decades.
Petrova, who won 13 WTA singles and 24 WTA doubles titles during her career, had not played since the end of 2013 and experienced several failed comeback attempts.
“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 was also the 1998 French Open junior champion and won an Olympic doubles bronze medal in 2012.
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“I plan to stay involved in tennis in the near future,” Petrova said in a statement. “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. My heart will always belong there.”