Today at the Gastein Ladies, Austrian world No.148 Sybille Bammer ended her career and her last match was a defeat to compatriot Yvonne Meusburger 6-2 6-1 in the second round. The 31-year-old from Linz had actually ended her career during Wimbledon 2011, after her first-round exit, but made a last-minute decision to play once more.
Bammer played her first WTA main draw in 2000 after five long years on the ITF Circuit and in qualifying rounds. In 2001 she got a baby and it was a positive thing for her career as the daughter helped her shift mind from tennis after matches.
Bammer considers the peaks of her career her two WTA titles (Pattaya and Prague), her 2007 Indian Wells semifinal, her 2008 US Open quarterfinal and her 2-0 head-to-head record against Serena Williams. The highest ranking Bammer reached was No.19 in 2007.
Now that she’s retired, Bammer, who was often referred to as a successful mother on the WTA Tour, is looking forward to enjoying time with her family in Austria. Her daughter Tina will soon turn 10.
In the future, Bammer would like to become a coach. (source: WTA Tour, photo: © Neal Trousdale)