Though I would obviously prefer to see her on the big stage at Roland Garros rather than in places like Argenton-sur-Creuse or Perros-Guirec, at least she still enjoys playing tennis.
2006 feels like such a long time ago.
Did that article mention why she ended her WTA career?
Sorry, I'm only seeing your last message now. Yeah, the times when she was still competing really feel an eternity ago.
It's really sad because she had potential, I remember when she made the QFs in Tokyo in 2004, I was so excited. But she didn't have the quick rise that one could have expected after that.
Still she got a CHR of 107 at 19, she was so close to breaking into the Top 100 (which I remember reading a long time ago was her big goal) in summer '07. She had a big game but always struggled with consistency and with her head even more, she was a real chocked. Her last match was in 25K Andrezieux-Boutheon in January 2011, she retired at 5-7 against Annika Beck in R1 and after that she basically disappeared without a word.
She seems to be a really private and discreet girl, even when she was part of the most successful French youngsters it was very hard to find stuff about her in the press. I've never found any piece on the Internet about why she decided to stop her professional career.
The only articles I find every now and then are from the regional press, pieces relating about the local tournaments and not doing much more than just stating the results. I read about her only playing for the pleasure now in one of these articles, and that's pretty much the biggest piece of information about her I could find in years.
Considering that she retired in her last match, maybe she injured herself again, and was already feeling weary and fed up with the tennis life and the injury was the trigger to her giving it up eventually. That would be my guess. Someone who was practising at the same club as her told me a long time ago that her dad was always around her and looked very strict, maybe it can explain why she decided to quit once she became a grownup. I understood from FB that she started to study again a while ago. What I find a bit strange is that while she says that she's playing only for the fun, she's still playing competitive tennis, as she's playing a lot of tournaments on the French tour. Hearing that you would think that she only plays matches with friends every now and then. Well I guess I just need to hold on to anything that still allows me to remotely hope.
A pic from this month, playing Regionalliga