Another former World No. 1 is done for the year.
Joining Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka (not to mention Maria Sharapova), Ana Ivanovic announced on Tuesday that she will miss the fall part of the season to properly deal with wrist and toe injuries:
A difficult decision that I had to take. pic.twitter.com/XMUtOORCIG
— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) September 6, 2016
2016 was a banner season off the court for Ivanovic, marrting German soccer star Bastian Schweinsteiger in July. However, it was a nightmare on the court from beginning to end. The 2008 French Open champion started the season with three early losses and a scary incident in Australia, with her coach Nigel Sears (Andy Murray’s father-in-law) collapsing during her match with Madison Keys.
Ivanovic made the semifinals in St. Petersburg in February, but wouldn’t make it past the quarterfinals at another event, finishing the season below .500 at 15-16. The soon-to-be 29 year old ends 2016 with five straight losses, including first round defeats at Wimbledon, the Rio Olympics, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.
Ivanovic will comeback on tour in January well outside the top-50, in her worst ranking since she was 17yo. Also her worst year end ever.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) September 6, 2016
Marked by form that looked nothing like the player who surprisingly posted a top five season in 2014 and spent much of 2015 in the top 10, that dismal stretch sparked talk of retirement, which Ivanovic strongly denied after the U.S. Open. Instead, she hinted at making changes to her team by whittling her camp down a couple members.