Seeking top-10 spot, Petra Martic retires from Croatian Fed Cup team



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Seeking top-10 spot, Petra Martic retires from Croatian Fed Cup team

One of the most promising players born around 1991, Petra Martic made stellar progress in the first couple of seasons on the Tour, finishing in the top-100 in 2009 at the age of 18. In 2011 and 2012, the Croat became a regular top-60 player before numerous injuries plagued her career, staying away from the top-100 between 2013-16 and dropping out from the top-600 before making a comeback in the spring of 2017.

Starting all over, Petra needed only two and a half years to find her A-game and enjoy career-best tennis, reaching the fourth round as a qualifier at Roland Garros and Wimbledon to boost her ranking position ahead of 2018.

Two seasons ago, Martic finished just outside the top-30 and the ground was set for a thrilling 2019 that propelled Petra into the top-15 after the first WTA crown and consistent results. Ranked outside the top-50, Martic reached the semi-final in Charleston, won the title in Istanbul, advanced into the last eight in Madrid and at Roland Garros to enter the top-30, playing well on grass as well to come on the verge of the top-20.

Following that loss to Serena Williams in the fourth round od the US Open, the Croat enjoyed a fruitful Chinese swing with the final in Zhengzhou and the quarter-final in Wuhan that propelled her into the top-15 at the end of the season for the first time.

With eyes set on even higher goals in 2020 and with new coach, Petra has decided to retire from the Croatian Fed Cup team, focusing on her singles duties and targeting more events in 2020 to battle for the place in the top-10.

Between 2008-14, Petra competed in 12 Fed Cup ties, winning eight out of 17 rubbers and finishing her Fed Cup career with two commanding triumphs over Luxembourg five years ago. "I had a great season, if someone would have told me I wouldn't have believed it.

I have never been this consistent and on such a high level, also without serious injuries that also gives me wind at my back. After two and a half years of hard work and dedication, I'm finally on the position I always wanted to have.

I played only 18 tournaments this year while other girls counted to 25, I have to add more events to my schedule. Without those tournaments, I can't compete for the place in the top-10 and I have to say goodbye to the national squad and also to skip the 2020 Tokyo Olympics."