"Every part of my body is hurting. And when she was two match points down, I was like...do I really have to warm up? but a miracle happened, and I was really happy that she won this match," Barbora Strycova had said concerning Katerina Siniakova's participation at Fed Cup against Sofia Kenin.
The 33-year-old Czech who's seen some great and not-so-great times in her 16 years of playing Czech Fed Cup is zipping her racket bag close on her Fed Cup performances ending a long career of victories. Strycova's thoughts on ending her career might be more than a whim being that she just released her coach from his duties on her team.
David Kotzya and she has worked together for two years now. The feisty Czech has admitted that she is happy with the way her career has gone with David. This year alone she flourished with her singles level and made four semi-final tournaments.
It was at Wimbledon her maiden doubles slam title was accomplished with Su-Wei Hsieh. What is making Barbora Strycova think deeply about retiring since she has had a satisfying year? It could be a combination of things.
First, there are many upcoming players who are teens and have did great things in tennis already. They are young, relatively healthy and strong. They are thirsty for a title, more or a slam crown. Strycova has been playing Fed Cup nearly as long as many of those players are old.
Secondly, the more experienced players as the Czech have had injuries and it takes more for them to come to a level of playing and performing close to 100% as possible than the younger players. Thirdly, the competition alone is overwhelming to long-standing professionals.
It is the fact of knowing her time will come at playing Coco Gauff, Bianca Andreescu or even Sofia Kenin may be not only scary but quite threatening. Strycova had told the Fed Cup media on the philosophy of her stopping play at Fed Cup that "I can't tell you the reason, I just know this is the right time to go because we have so many good players who can win matches like these, and also good doubles players."
Barbora Strycova can remember when she first started her Fed Cup play in 2002 at the age of 16. It will be bittersweet at her ending and she says that "On one hand it's sad, but on the other I expertienced so many amazing moments with this team...it was really special."
Four months ago int he summer, Strycova was still thinking about retirement on a whole and concerning her brillian play at Wimbledon she mentioned that "It is a great feeling and I try to enjoy everty moment of it because I don't know if I'm coming here next year.
She was uncertain as to what she'll do but emphasized that "..I don't know if I'll be playing so I want to just enjoy the moment." At this point many things aren't written in inky yet for the Czech as to what she'll definitely do.
She knows that she'd love to play the Australian Open in January but pushing her intent further is uncertain. The Czech had said that "..tennis gave me so much good stuff, so many memories, emotions and moments...I don't know if it's going to be this year or next year the finish, but I want to finish with the respect for the sport.