Tennis is losing a big fighter today, as Dominika Cibulkova has decided to end her career at the age of 30. The Slovak announced the big news simultaneously with the launch of her book entitled “Tennis is my Life”, which contains all the details about her career.
— WTA (@WTA) November 12, 2019
Known for being a miniature woman with exceptional power, Cibulkova has won eight singles titles, including the 2016 WTA Finals in Singapore, which turned out to be her last champion’s trophy. Cibulkova’s other career highlights include the 2014 Australian Open final, when she became the first player from her country to reach a Grand Slam final, losing to Li Na, as well as three Wimbledon quarterfinals, one US Open quarterfinal and one Roland Garros semifinal. Her career-high singles ranking was No.4.
The last match Cibulkova played was a French Open first-round loss to Aryna Sabalenka in May 2019.
Here’s an excerpt from Cibulkova’s announcement on Instagram:
What started as a recurring Achilles injury, developed into one of the most difficult moments in my life – deciding on what to do with my tennis career. After a lot of thinking, talks, and support from my family, friends, and my team, I have finally decided that I will not be returning to the courts as a competitive player.
It is a moment filled with so many feelings – sadness, fear of the unknown, but also excitement of what life will bring in the future.
Good luck in the new chapter of your life, Domi! Pome!