Czech tennis player Barbora Strycova, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in women's doubles, announced her upcoming retirement from the sport.
The former world No. 1 in doubles said she plans to play one more match in front of spectators after she has her first child, due in September.
"Dear fans...or I should say friends," Strycova, 35, wrote in an announcement on Twitter. "As you might have heard, I announced my retirement from professional tennis today. It feels weird. Until now, tennis was the only world I knew. I have always had enormous love for this amazing sport. Even though all the pain, tears, renunciation and sweat, all the great moment and victories were worth it! I never planned to end my career during a pandemic. However, some moments in life just can't be planned and I am super excited for my next life role as a mom. It doesn't mean I will accept that fact that I didn't play my last match in front of an audience. Once it's possible, I will play one last match...in front of you. To say a proper goodbye."
Strycova -- currently ranked No. 2 in doubles and No. 52 in singles -- last competed at the Australian Open in February, then announced her pregnancy in March. Her career-high singles rank sits at 16, and she has won two WTA singles titles and 31 doubles titles. Strycova had a career showing at Wimbledon in 2019, reaching her first major singles semifinal and winning the women's doubles crown.
Along with partner Lucie Safarova, Strycova handed three-time gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams their first Olympic doubles loss, defeating the sister duo in straight sets in the first round in Rio.
Strycova told Czech outlet iSport.cz that she is eyeing Wimbledon in 2022 as her final competition, but could also play a match at home in the Czech Republic if the Wimbledon plans don't pan out.