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Retirement at 32, Roland-Garros semis, family turmoil: 10 questions about Timea Bacsinszky

At 32, Timea Bacsinszky announced the end of her career on her social networks. Here are the answers to 10 questions you might ask yourself about the former World No 9.

Timea Bacsinszky - Roland-Garros 2017 Panoramic

Where and when was Timea Bacsinszky born?

Timea Bacsinszky was born in Lausanne, Switzerland on June 8, 1989.

When did Timea Bacsinszky retire?

The Swiss announced her retirement from tennis on July 16, 2021. She broke the news on social media, writing a letter to the sport via Instagram:

“Dear Professional Tennis: As a little girl, I could never have imagined accomplishing so many beautiful things through you, experiencing so many emotions, learning so much, especially about myself, but about the world as well. You have been the most beautiful school of life and I cannot thank you enough for that…”

What was Bacsinszky’s best performance at Roland-Garros?

Bacsinszky reached the semi-finals at Roland-Garros twice, in 2015 and 2017. She also reached the quarter-finals in Paris in 2016 and retires with a 19-11 lifetime record in Paris. In eight career appearances at Roland-Garros, Bacsinszky never lost a first-round match.

What was Bacsinszky’s best shot?

Her backhand was a true weapon. And on Twitter many users raved about it.

What are Bacsinszky’s biggest titles?

During her career, Bacsinszky won four singles titles: in Luxembourg in 2009, in Acapulco and Monterrey in 2015 and in Rabat in 2016. She also has six doubles trophies, including two with another Swiss player, Martina Hingis. Bacsinszky and Hingis won silver in doubles at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, losing in the final to Russian pair Makarova / Vesnina.
Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis, silver medal winners in doubles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

What do we know about Bacsinszky’s family?

Timea Bacsinszky has a complicated relationship with her father, Igor Bacsinszky. The Swiss notably talked about her childhood to Tennis Magazine.

“To me, he wasn’t a father, and I would even say that kind of person doesn’t deserve to have children. It was violent what I went through, especially mentally. Probably he was proud of my titles, but he was also happy because he was securing a future. His behavior became sickly. Nothing else could exist for me apart from tennis. One day my best friend called home to invite me to her birthday. My dad picked up and told her never to call again. I know I was one of the strongest players in the world at that age, but I was going through hell. I don’t wish my childhood on anyone. There were very few happy times … until my parents divorced.”

How much did Bacsinszky earn over the course of her career?

According to the official WTA website, Timea Bacsinszky has won more than $ 6.6 million (5.5 million euros) throughout her career.

What was Bacsinszky’s best ranking?

The Swiss star reached 9th place in the world in May 2016. In doubles, it was ranked up to 36th place in the world in January 2011.

Is Bacsinszky on social media?

The Swiss is very present on social networks. She has a certified Twitter account of over 85,000 followers, an Instagram account of over 44,000 subscribers and a Facebook page of over 32,000 followers.

What do we know of Bacsinszky’s injury history?

Despite reaching an impressive ranking of No 9 in the world, and her two semi-finals at Roland Garros, Timea Bacsinszky saw her career marred by injuries. From the age of 22, she suffered a foot injury that crippled her for a long time. Her last Grand Slam match was at the US Open in 2019, a first-round loss to American McNally. She suffered from recurrent back pain as well.

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