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Former world number one Ivanovic retires at age 29

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia attends a press conference after being defeated by Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia attends a press conference after being defeated by Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic has retired from tennis at the age of 29, the Serbian said on Facebook on Wednesday.

"There is no other way to say this. I have decided to retire from professional tennis. It was a difficult decision but there is so much to celebrate," Ivanovic said.

"Don't be sad, be optimistic alongside me. My love and my greatest thank you to all of you," said the former world number one who has dropped to 63rd in the rankings.

(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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