Lucie Safarova announces retirement after Australian Open
PRAGUE (AP) >> Former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova will retire after the Australian Open in January due to health concerns and will not play in any tournaments before then.
The 31-year- old Safarova announced her decision on Saturday in Prague before the Fed Cup final between the Czech Republic and United States.
“I had a great career but my health doesn’t allow me to continue,” Safarova said.
She helped the Czechs win four Fed Cup titles but is not in the current team.
Safarova said her decision was forced by health problems that have marred her career in recent years. She didn’t elaborate. She will play the singles and doubles in Melbourne.
She won seven WTA singles titles and 15 doubles titles, including five Grand Slams with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.