. The announcement came from the Czech in a press conference. The 32-year-old will freeze her ranking, taking advantage of the protected ranking, and thus play twelve tournaments in the next three years.

In the press conference, Hlavackova, who got married to former Italian tennis pro, Fabrizio Sestini in 2017, expressed her happiness, saying that for the moment she does not want to get away from tennis: This is something we had planned for some time, even if it happened more quickly than we expected.

and I can say that it is a particularly exciting time. I have no precise plans on what I will do in the future. I will definitely evaluate every solution. I will exploit a protected ranking and freeze it for as long as possible, for a possible come back to competitions.

I have enough time to decide, Id like to say goodbye to tennis on another occasion, now its not the right time. In her career, Hlavackova won 27 titles in doubles, including two Majors, the 2011 French Open 2011 and the 2013 US Open.

In the latter event, she also captured her only mixed doubles title with Belarusian Max Mirnyi. She won also the silver medal in womens doubles at the 2012 London Olympics (partnering Lucie Hradecka), the 2017 WTA Finals (partnering Hungarian Timea Babos) and was part of Czech Republics Fed Cup-winning team in 2012 and in 2014.

She reached a career high of 58 in the WTA singles rankings and was ranked as high as no. 3 in the WTA doubles rankings.

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