Tennis Smashnova Says She'll Call It a Day After Wimbledon

Smashnova took 12 women's Tour titles during her 16-year career as a professional.

Former Israeli number one Anna Smashnova is to retire from the game after this year's Wimbledon.

Smashnova took 12 women's Tour titles during her 16-year career as a professional.

"After Wimbledon, I won't play any more professional tennis," the 30-year-old said in an interview with news Web site Ynet. "I have completed one life chapter and now it's time for a new chapter."

The diminutive Minsk-born player won the junior French Open title at the age of 14 in 1991, a year after immigrating to Israel with her family from Belarus. She reached a career-high ranking of 15 in 2003 and has earned some $2.2 million in prize money.

Smashnova turned professional shortly after her junior French Open triumph, but had to wait until 1999 for her first top-level tour singles title in Tashkent.

Smashnova breakthrough season came in 2002, when she won four titles, beating 11 players ranked in the Top-20, including Jelena Dokic, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters. She played in the WTA Tour Championships that year, and lost in the first round to World No. 1 Serena Williams.

In July 2006, Smashnova won her 12th tour title at Budapest, maintaining a 100 percent winning record in WTA Tour finals. That was wrecked in August 2006, when she lost in the final of the Forest Hills womans event to Meghann Shaughnessy.

Smashnova is a baseliner who is most at home on clay courts. She has reached the fourth round at the French Open twice.

She holds the record for most ties played in Federation Cup competition - 61 - and told Ynet that she planned to concentrate on helping Israel in the event it makes a historic World Group II appearance against Canada in July.

Smashnova added that if Israel beat Canada and advanced to World Group 1, she may continue to represent it at the international level next season.