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Roland Garros finalist Safarova set to retire

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Lucie Safarova (Getty Images)
Lucie Safarova (Getty Images)

Prague - Czech former world number five Lucie Safarova, a French Open runner-up in 2015, said on Saturday she will retire after January's Australian Open. 

The 31-year-old has struggled with illness after coming down with a bacterial infection three years ago, just months after her run to the Roland Garros final. 

She said the stress of constant travel was taking a toll on her and that she preferred to bow out on her own terms. 

"The time has come, I wanted to do it the right way, I still like tennis and will miss it," she told reporters at the Fed Cup final between the Czech Republic and the United States. 

The left-hander, currently ranked 106th, has won seven individual titles and a further 15 in doubles. 

She claimed five Grand Slam doubles triumphs alongside American Bethanie Mattek-Sands - winning both the Australian Open and French Open in 2015 and 2017, and lifting the US Open crown in 2016. 

She also won the Fed Cup on four occasions.

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