Weary Marino bids farewell to WTA and cyber-bullies

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:15pm EST
 

By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's Rebecca Marino, a rising star in women's tennis, stepped away from the sport in search of a normal life on Wednesday, weary of battling depression and cyber-bullies.

Ranked number 38 in the world two years ago, the 22-year-old admitted she had long suffered from depression and was no longer willing to make the sacrifices necessary to reach the top.

"After thinking long and hard, I do not have the passion or enjoyment to drive myself to the level I would like to be at in professional tennis," Marino explained in a conference call.

"I have previously been number 38 on the WTA singles rankings so I realize the amount of work and sacrifices that have to be put in and at this point I do not think it is worth sacrificing my happiness.

"I feel there is more to life than just tennis."

Big and powerful, Marino appeared destined for a promising career on the WTA circuit and under-scored her potential in a hard fought second round clash with Venus Williams at the 2010 U.S. Open.

"Now I know what it's like to play myself," Williams told reporters after winning the match 7-6 6-3.

The following season, Marino backed up that potential by reaching her first career WTA final in Memphis and advancing to the third round of the French Open.   Continued...

 
Rebecca Marino of Canada hits a return to Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan during their Memphis International women's singles tennis match in Memphis, Tennessee February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Nikki Boertman