Ivanovic calls time on tennis career

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 29.

The 2008 French Open champion confirmed the news in a short and sweet press conference via Facebook on Wednesday.

"I have some big news I want to share with you. I have not announced it anywhere else because I think you deserve to hear it first. There is no other way to say this. I have decided to retire from professional tennis," Ivanovic said.

"I began dreaming about playing tennis when I was five and saw Monica Seles playing on TV.

"I have seen heights I never dreamt of achieving.

"It was a difficult decision but there is so much to celebrate. Don't be sad, be optimistic alongside me. My love and my greatest thank you to all of you."

Ivanovic, who married Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger earlier this year, enjoyed the greatest period of her career in 2008, spending 12 weeks at the top of the world rankings and winning at Roland Garros. 

She won 15 career titles in all and was still enjoying significant success as late as 2015 when she reached the French Open semi-finals.

The past year was a tough one for her, however, with several injuries hampering her performances and ultimately prompting her decision to retire.