FTop 50 champion Anna Tatishvili has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis, citing recurring injuries.
The 30-year-old Georgian American is best known for a race at round 16 at the 2012 US Open, where she lost the then number 1 in the world and the eventual second place winner Victoria Azarenka.
“Unfortunately, due to recurring injuries, my body no longer allows me to play competitive tennis,” he wrote in a Twitter post Thursday.
“It turned out that professional tennis is not only a fight on the court, but also [to] an equal degree, perhaps even more, a struggle with injuries.
“No matter how painful my decision was, I had to decide to quit professional tennis and focus on my career off the pitch.”
In 2012, he also reached career rankings in both singles and doubles. It peaked in the ranking of the best careers in the world no. 59 in doubles in May and the world no. 50 singles in October.
Her best win in the standings also came to Flushing Meadows when, as a qualifier in 2015, she shocked the then number 8 in the world Karolina Pliskova in just 51 minutes, 6-2, 6-1.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tatishvili obtained American citizenship in 2014 and started competing with the American flag that year. She first came to the United States at the age of 7, started training at the Chris Evert Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, at age 13, and made her WTA debut as an unclassified wildcard in Miami in 2005. .
Winner of 11 singles and eight doubles in the ITF World Tennis Tour, Tatishvili also made three doubles WTA finals, winning the Linz Ladies of Upper Austria in 2014 together with Romanian Raluca Olaru.
“I love tennis more than anything else,” he wrote, “and I am very grateful for all that it has given me. I will keep all unforgettable memories forever.”