Lu­cie Sa­farova an­nounces re­tire­ment af­ter Aus­tralian Open

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS -

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.

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