Tennis: Russia's Chakvetadze retires at 26 because of back injury
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's former tennis world No.5 and US Open semi-finalist Anna Chakvetadze, whose career was blighted by a horrific armed robbery in 2007, on Thursday announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 26 owing to chronic back injuries.
"I no longer see myself in professional tennis so I am ready to say that my career is over," she told the Sport Express daily.
"Of course, this was a difficult decision and I thought hard about it but now it is finally taken. I understood that the point of return to tennis was behind me.
"I have a chronic back injury," she explained. "So I took the decision to stop and start a new life."