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Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic announces retirement

Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic, who is one of the world's most successful female athletes, has announced her retirement from professional tennis after injuries prevented her from performing at her standards.

"There is no other way to say it: I've decided to retire from professional tennis. It has been a difficult decision but there is so much to celebrate," Ivanovic said in a live video on her Facebook page after a day of speculation.

Ivanovic, who said she began dreaming about tennis when she was just 5 years old, went on to explain that her recent injuries have prevented her from performing at her high standards. "I can no longer do that so it's time to move on," she said.

Ivanovic, who is 29, said she plans to become an ambassador of sports and a healthy life. "I will also explore opportunities in business, beauty and fashion, among other endeavors. I will also have more time for my philanthropic activities, including my work with UNICEF," she explained.

Ivanovic added: "Beyond that, who knows? All that I can say is that I've lived my dreams and I really hope to help others do so as well, so don't be sad. Be optimistic alongside me. My love and my greatest thank you for all of you who have helped me live the greatest live so far."

Ivanovic became the world's No. 1. tennis player in 2008 when she beat Dinara Safina to win the 2008 French Open. She is currently ranked No. 65 in the world by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), having won 15 WTA Tour singles titles, including one Grand Slam singles title.

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