Safarova announces retirement after doubles loss

PARIS -- Lucie Safarova, runner-up to Serena Williams at the French Open in 2015, has announced her retirement.

Safarova, who achieved a career-best ranking of No. 5 that year, on Wednesday played her final match in Paris in the doubles draw with Dominika Cibulkova, losing to Sofia Kenin and Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-0 in the first round.

Safarova, 32, of the Czech Republic, topped the doubles rankings two years ago and won the doubles title at Roland Garros in 2015 and 2017.