Former WTA Doubles World No.1 Katarina Srebotnik was feted on house soil as she stated farewell to an impressive Hologic WTA Tour profession.
Srebotnik, 41, was a part of an emotional retirement ceremony throughout championship Sunday on the Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz in her house nation of Slovenia.
Srebotnik obtained video congratulations from many stars through the ceremony, together with WTA Legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova and her frequent doubles companion Kveta Peschke. She additionally obtained a framed collage commemorating her quite a few profession highlights.
After the ceremony, Srebotnik responded:
“Many due to the match organizers for such a fantastic ceremony.
“In my profession I skilled many stunning and a few much less nice moments, and as we speak’s farewell day is unquestionably one of the tough ones. Though I knew that this second is inevitable for each athlete, it took me fairly a while to just accept it deep inside. This choice was tough for me primarily as a result of tennis has been my nice ardour because the age of seven, and since it has given me so many extraordinary and unforgettable moments, which I’ll cherish perpetually. I can proudly say that even on the age of 41, my emotions stay the identical. That is additionally the principle cause why I competed for thus lengthy – not as a result of I needed to, however as a result of I loved each second of it. And to be fully trustworthy, I’ll miss aggressive tennis.
“A giant thanks to the WTA, which supplies the chance to feminine tennis gamers everywhere in the world to be part of this glorious tour, and I am proud that we’ve such an incredible affiliation. Thanks as nicely to the complete WTA workers and medical crew, who all the time be certain that the gamers are optimally ready for his or her matches.
“There have been many individuals on my tennis journey who’ve helped me obtain my targets, and I want to thank each certainly one of them, however sadly I can not identify everybody on this assertion. Due to all of the coaches, tennis golf equipment, sponsors and media which have been a part of my profession.
“I might particularly prefer to thank my household, as a result of with out their help I might not be the place I’m as we speak. Due to my mother and father for all of the love and help I obtained, for by no means doubting me and for letting me dwell my desires. And thanks additionally to my sister, for by no means complaining when my tennis was a precedence. I’ll all the time be pleased about all the pieces.
“Final however not least, a honest thanks to all of the followers who’ve supported me all through my profession, and for choosing me up once I was down, after which carrying me excessive once I was on a successful streak.
“Regardless of the feelings which are current as we speak, deep down inside I’m smiling and completely happy, as a result of I’m very pleased with all the pieces I’ve achieved. I look ahead to the following chapter.”
Throughout her 23-year professional profession, Srebotnik received 39 Hologic WTA Tour doubles titles, together with 2011 Wimbledon (with Kveta Peschke). Following that Grand Slam triumph, Srebotnik rose to WTA Doubles World No.1 for the primary time. She held the highest spot for a complete of 10 weeks throughout her profession.
Srebotnik additionally had a fruitful singles profession, successful 4 WTA singles titles — her first at age 17 — and reaching a career-high rating of World No.20. She will be able to boast of 27 wins over Prime 10 gamers in singles, and she or he reached the second week at Grand Slam singles occasions thrice.
The Slovene can be a five-time Grand Slam combined doubles champion, capturing three titles at Roland Garros and one every on the Australian and US Opens.
Her early achievements in every self-discipline had been acknowledged by the Guinness Guide of World Information final yr, when she was lauded for being the primary tennis participant to win the primary singles, doubles and combined doubles occasions they performed in at tour degree — a feat nonetheless unmatched by any participant, feminine or male.