Ivanovic tweet fuels retirement rumours

Only weeks ahead of the Australian Open, former women’s tennis world No.1 Ana Ivanovic has fuelled retirement rumours after posting a cryptic social media message.

The 29-year-old wrote on Twitter that she would share some important news in Britain on Wednesday night (early Thursday AEDT).

“My dear fans & supporters. Pls tune in to my Facebook page tomorrow at 6pm UK time, where I’ll be sharing something important with you live,” she posted.

Tennis Australia officials told AAP they were in the dark about Ivanovic’s plans and would be sweating on the announcement with the opening grand slam starting on January 16.

“We will just have to wait and see,” the spokesman said.

The 2008 French Open champion had been scheduled to contest Auckland’s ASB Classic in the New Year before flying into Melbourne for the Australian Open.

Ivanovic also contested this month’s International Premier Tennis League in Asia.

However, her social media post has sparked retirement rumours after a tough 2016.

The injury plagued Serbian has slumped to world No.63 after winning just 15 matches this year.

She has not been sighted on tour since August after opting to rest wrist and toe complaints following a fifth straight US Open first round loss.

Ivanovic denied she was considering retirement at the time.

“I just need to really see why is this happening,” she told reporters.

“I had struggles throughout my career. I had some tough times.

“This is not the first time I’m going through this – it just hurts because I know what I invested.”

However, since then she has spoken of her desire to start a family with her husband, Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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