Former world No.5 Anna Chakvetadze decided to officially quit tennis, succumbing to her chronic back injury and the consequences of the robbery she survived in her house in Moscow in December 2007 at the peak of her career, in the year she won four WTA titles, reached the semifinals of the US Open and WTA Championships and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and French Open.
Here’s what the 26-year-old Chakvetadze said to Sports Express in Russia about how the robbery affected her:
After that, I has an absolutely disastrous season. Just robbed me at the wrong time ( laughs). After all, at that time was to take preparation for the season. And I’ve already signed a contract with the WTA Tour, I had obligations to the association, according to which I was to speak at certain events. So I played, even though I did not have, such as training, and I was not in shape. So yes – it’s affected my future career.
The last tournament Chakvetadze played was the 2012 Tashkent Open, where she came through qualifying and lost in the second round to Galina Voskoboeva. The Russian’s ranking is now No.577. (source: Tennis World USA, photo: Ralf Reinecke)