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Former tennis star Jelena Dokic has showed off her epic body transformation after losing an incredible 38kg since October.
The 35-year-old — who retired in 2014 — claimed she was too ashamed to leave her house after reaching almost 120kg at her heaviest, The Sun reports.
The former world No. 4 now tips the scales at just over 76kg — and has set her sights on slimming down to around 64kg.
Posting a picture on Instagram of her from October and now, the Australian declared she turned down job opportunities because she felt too insecure.
Dokic said: “The photo on the left and the start of my weight loss journey is a hard one to post and look at.
“I was unhealthy and unfit but even more importantly I was so unhappy, with no confidence.
“I didn’t want to go out of the house and I even turned down work opportunities because I was so insecure and unhappy.”
Dokic added: “It’s not just about weight loss either but about having a healthy and balanced lifestyle and developing healthy but sustainable habits for the rest of your life.
“While I don’t want to talk about the kilos too much, I have lost almost 20 kilos between the second and third picture alone.
“I hope I can inspire and motivate you all. No matter what you are trying to achieve, it can be done.
“I am halfway on my weight loss journey and very excited about what is ahead.”
Dokic also said she hopes her story will be able to inspire other women going through similar struggles.
“I thought I would brave the judgment, negativity and scrutiny that sometimes comes with being in the public eye and on social media and put myself and my struggles out there and hopefully inspire, motivate and help others, especially women,” she wrote.
Dokic — who is engaged to boyfriend of 15 years Tim Bikic — revealed last year that she had “suicidal thoughts” after being abused by her dad as a child.
The 2000 Wimbledon semi-finalist lifted the lid on her early years in her autobiography Unbreakable, where she claimed her father would whip her with a belt if she failed on court.
Dokic opened up on her weight struggles earlier this year, saying uncertainty in retirement drove her towards stacking on the kilos.
She said retirement left her feeling “lost” and saw her weight blow out to 120kg on the back of emotional eating and a lack of structure when she left tennis.
“I was thrown into retirement not knowing what direction I wanted to go in,” Dokic said.
“I wasn’t prepared — that’s where my weight gain started.
“When you’re a professional athlete, you’re in this bubble that’s not reality — everything is done for you … training, food, travel, management, so going back into real life was very different.”
The release of her autobiography, where Dokic revealed the trauma she suffered at the hands of her father and her subsequent battles with depression, proved to be a cathartic experience and was a catalyst for her getting on top of her weight.
“The book released a lot of emotions I was holding in for a very long time,” Dokic said in January.
“I’m happy with what I have, but (my weight) is the missing piece in the puzzle.”