Former world number 32 calls it a career at the age of 26 due to injuries


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Former world number 32 calls it a career at the age of 26 due to injuries

The 26-year-old Bojana Jovanovski has decided to end her tennis career at such a young age, struggling with a wrist and right shoulder injuries in the last couple of seasons! Bojana is a two-time WTA champion, lifting trophies in Baku in 2012 and in Tashkent a year later, almost cracking the Top 30 in August 2014. The Belgrade native is a former junior number 5, having a chance to play against Laura Robson, Simona Halep, Kristina Mladenovic, Irina-Camelia Begu before entering the Top 300 on the WTA rankings list at the age of 16.

Bojana worked hard in the next couple of seasons as well, entering the Top 100 as a teenager in May 2010. Her first WTA title came in Baku 2012 and more good results were waiting around the corner, reaching the last 16 in Melbourne in 2013 (she lost eight straight matches after that) and winning her second title in Tashkent, facing no player from the Top 70 just like she did in Baku.

Jovanovski was the finalist in both Tashkent and Baku in 2014 and despite a solid season she had troubles with a wrist injury, dropping out from the Top 100 in 2015 and playing just five matches in 2016, losing them all and ending the season already after the Roland Garros.

With constant wrist and should injuries, Bojana had to undergo a surgery in July that year, aiming to return at the Australian Open in 2017 but having to miss the entire year, unable to make a comeback and play pain-free.

In the meanwhile, Bojana got married in November 2016 and she started studying psychology, finding new goals in her life while working on a possible return to tennis. That happened in 2018, entering St. Petersburg as an unranked player and mixing lower-ranked ITF events and WTA qualifications but failing to reach the Top 500.

That proved to be Bojana's last final on the WTA Tour, deciding to end her career at such a young age and switch her focus on graduating psychology and returning to her beloved sport as a coach in the future, as she explained to her fans in the Facebook message:

"Dear friends.

The first chapter of my professional life has come to end. My career as a professional player is completed. After a lot of thinking and numerous injuries and operations, it was very hard for me to make a final decision, I am still very passionate about tennis and competing but my body can not follow.

Since I can no longer train and play the way I used to, give my best and fulfill all professional goals I had no other option. So far I dedicated all my life to tennis, training and competition, did my best as a player and achieved great results.

Maybe I did not achieve the maximum of my potential but I'm not unhappy. Tennis has given me a lot and enriched my life. I had a chance to travel the world, meet people and make friends for life. In the future tennis will remain a big part of my life.

I'm not leaving for good and without a plan. My next goal is to graduate psychology and to continue with tennis activities but this time as a coach. Tennis is my life and my love and that will never change. I would like to thank everyone for the years of loyalty, support, energy and love.

Without all of you, nothing will be possible. I am grateful to my family: mother and especially father who spent all these years with me in the tennis court live through my every point, every second of my tennis life together with my sister and my husband.

The sports story continues, we are moving forward to achieve more goals and victories. Love you, all yours Bojana."