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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday May 4, 2021

Barbora Strycova announced her pregnancy March, and now, after much contemplation, the Czech star has decided to retire the sport.

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Strycova, a former World No.1 in doubles and a World No.16 in singles, broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday.

“As you might have heard, I announced my retirement from professional tennis today,” wrote Strycova on social media. “It feels weird. Until now tennis was the only world I knew. I have always had enormous love for this amazing sport. Even through all the pain, tears, renunciation and sweat, all the great moments and victories were worth it.”

Strycova says that she never wanted to retire during a pandemic and promised that she would return to play one more match for her fans.

“I never planned to end my career during a pandemic,” she said. “However some moments in life just can’t be planned, and I am super excited for my next life role as a mom. I doesn’t mean that I will accept the fact that I didn’t play my last match in front of an audience. Once it’s possible, I will play one last match in front of you.”