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Ivanovic may miss ASB Classic

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/12/2016

Serbian former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic will make an announcement online on Thursday (NZDT), with rumours of her imminent retirement swirling. © AP Photo/Alex Brandon Serbian former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic will make an announcement online on Thursday (NZDT), with rumours of her imminent retirement swirling. Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic has thrown her participation in next week's ASB Classic in Auckland into doubt.

The former women's world No.1 and French Open winner posted on social media on Wednesday (NZDT) that she'd share important news the following day.

The post has fuelled rumours of Ivanovic's retirement from the game following a series of wrist and toe injuries in recent seasons.

The 29-year-old had a particularly tough 2016, winning just 15 matches all year and slipping to 63rd in the WTA rankings.

She has not played on the WTA circuit since the US Open but was slated to make her comeback in Auckland, before moving on to the Australian Open.

"My dear friends and supporters," the 2014 Classic champion wrote on Facebook.

"There's something I want to share with you all.

"Tune in here to my Facebook page again tomorrow at 6pm UK time to catch me streaming live.

"See you tomorrow!"

Ivanovic has also previously spoken of her desire to start a family following her July marriage to German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Tournament director Karl Budge said he'd received no indication from Ivanovic that she'd skip the Classic.

He would be watching her Facebook page with interest on Thursday.

"She's got a lot of tennis left in her and you never want to see those stars go away from our game," Budge told TVNZ.

Ivanovic had previously posted pictures of herself training in November, and was a highest-profile participant in this year's International Premier Tennis League.

Her departure from the tournament would come just days after Argentinian star Juan Martin del Potro withdrew due to injury.

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