Former Fed Cup champion Elena Dementieva has announced her retirement from the game after an illustrious career spanning over ten years.
Dementieva, 29, led Russia to the title in 2005, winning all three of her rubbers to hand the visitors a narrow 3-2 victory over France in Paris.
The former world No. 3, currently ranked No. 9, played 18 ties and compiled an impressive 26-9 winning record since making her debut in 1999. Her last appearance was in this year’s semifinal defeat against USA.
Dementieva also won the singles gold medal at the Beijing Olympics and is a two-time Grand Slam runner-up, having reached the final at the US Open and Roland Garros in 2004. Her overall title haul stands at 16 wins.
"This is my last tournament,” said the Russian, speaking on court at the recent WTA Championships in Doha after losing to Francesca Schiavone in the group stage.
“Thank you to all of the people that I have worked with for such a long time. I would like to thank all of the players for an amazing experience. It's very emotional.
“I would like to thank all of the people around the world for supporting me through my career. And I would like to thank my family, especially my mum.
"It's so hard to say goodbye to all of you. I want you to know that I am going to miss you so much. Thank you."
Stubbs announces retirement plans
Rennae Stubbs has also stated her intention to call it a day, with her final appearance coming in Fed Cup at Australia’s World Group first round tie against Italy in February.
Stubbs, 39, has played on the tour for over 20 years and enjoyed most of her success on the doubles court, winning four Grand Slam titles alongside a further two mixed doubles triumphs.
''If we win Fed Cup and get to the semis, there's a small possibility that I'd still like to be a part of that journey, having been on the train for so long,'' said the world doubles No. 10, who helped Australia return to the World Group in April for the first time since 2004.
''But the plan is that Fed Cup will probably be it. Once I'm done, I'm done. I don't want to be one of those players that comes back and decides to play in July. This will definitely be my last Championships, that's for sure, and it will be my last Australian Open.''