Agnieszka Radwanska, Tennis’s Ninja, Retires at 29

Agnieszka Radwanska announced her retirement from tennis on Wednesday after a 13-year career.

Radwanska, 29, a former Wimbledon finalist who reached a career-high ranking of No. 2, said she is “no longer able to train and play the way I used to.”

Radwanska, the first Polish woman to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open era, won 20 WTA titles in her career. She played the Wimbledon final in 2012, losing to Serena Williams in three sets. Radwanska also reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2013 and ’15, as well as reaching the French Open semifinals in 2014 and ’16. Currently ranked 75th, she has not won a tournament in two years.

A fan favorite, Radwanska earned nicknames like Ninja and the Professor because of her improvisation and shotmaking skills. She regularly won the WTA’s Shot of the Year Award, which is voted on by fans.

“Taking into consideration my health and the heavy burdens of professional tennis, I have to concede that I’m not able to push my body to the limits required,” Radwanska wrote on her Facebook account.

Radwanska said she was not leaving tennis completely, adding, “it’s time for new challenges, new ideas, equally as exciting as those on the tennis court, I hope.”

Last year Radwanska married Dawid Celt, her hitting partner.

President Andrzej Duda of Poland wished Radwanska good luck and thanked her on Twitter for all the “successes and wonderful promotion of Poland on courts across the world.”

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