Only 3 years after participating in her first event on the WTA Tour, Danish player Eva Dyrberg has decided to immediately retire from professional tennis at the age of 22.
Currently ranked #82 in the world, she lost in the 1st Round of the US Open to Lindsay Davenport.
An academically gifted student, Dyrberg has enrolled at the University of Copenhagen where she is set to study medicine from February 2003. But already this autumn she will begin preparatory classes in chemistry.
Dyrberg reached a career-high ranking of #77 this year and made the Quarterfinals in Antwerp as a qualifier after defeating Anne Kremer in the 2nd Round. In Indian Wells she enjoyed the best win of her short-lived career by taking out Magdalena Maleeva, while she grabbed a set from Venus Williams at Key Biscayne two weeks later.
She has 4 titles to her name on the Challenger circuit, and won the European Junior Championships in 1998.
The same year, she teamed up with Kim Clijsters to win the US Open Girls' Doubles. Dyrberg also took the Wimbledon title in a partnership with Jelena Kostanic, and finished 1998 as the top ranked ITF junior doubles player.
This severe blow to Danish tennis is only softened by Dyrberg's promise that she might make herself available for the national Fed Cup team. She will also play tennis at club level.
i'm so disappointed to hear this, Eva's a good tennis player and can still improve her ranking even further if she continues to work on her game. she made such big strides this year in finally moving up from around the 150 mark to break into the top 100, i wish she would stick around longer and see how far she can go in tennis, still lots of time for education, tennis will only last so long.
sad news for danish tennis as she is the first in a long time to come along and do well in women's singles, and don't see anyone else coming up with top 100 promise either. nice to see that she knows her priorities though, and is so keen on academics, i hope she succeeds in university and will still play fed cup
Exactly, Randy. She made huge progress this year, moving from more or less obscurity to get direct Slam access and be a nuisance to several really good players. She almost toppled Myskina in the 1st Round of Wimbledon.
There's no reason why she shouldn't be able to build on the relative success of this season and give it another shot in 2003. One year wouldn't make that much of a difference - even though medical school takes just about forever (I think the average graduation time is almost a decade) - but she would be a lot wiser in regards to her true potential.