Clarisa Fernandez, the grass court aficionado who reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2002, has announced her retirement. Fernandez was born with problematic knees, and in 2003, they started giving her trouble. After multiple surgeries, Fernandez has decided to call it quits.
During her 2002 Roland Garros run, Fernandez defeated Kim Clijsters (with a bagel), Paola Suarez and Elena Dementieva. She reached a career-high ranking of 26 in 2003. The lefty from Argentina says that she plans to finish her high school requirements, then attend the University of Business Administration in Córdoba. After that, she plans to pursue some type of tennis career.