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‘Happy for Ash Barty, gutted for tennis’- Ash Barty announces retirement at 25

By BetBarter Staff

March 23, 2022

Ash Barty, Australia’s world number one, has announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 25. The news comes less than two months after she won her third Grand Slam singles championship at home, the Australian Open.

Barty’s current No. 1 ranking is the fourth-longest in the WTA Tour’s history, after only Steffi Graf (186 weeks), Serena Williams (186) and Martina Navratilova (156). Barty won three major singles titles on three different surfaces: the 2019 French Open, the 2021 Wimbledon, and the Australian Open in January. She won 15 singles titles and 12 doubles titles in total, more than any other active player.

She posted an Instagram video to make this announcement. Barty said that the time was right for her to retire and this decision made her happy. She said that she gave the sport her all, which for her is a success.

She said, “I wasn’t quite sure of how I was gonna do this . . . it’s hard to say … I’m so happy and I’m so ready. I just know at the moment in my heart for me as a person this is right. I’ve given absolutely everything I have to this beautiful sport of tennis, and I’m really happy with that. For me, that is my success.”

Adding further, she said she had no more physical energy to put in the game and she is happy with what she had achieved.

“I know how much work it takes to bring the best out of yourself. I’ve said it to my team multiple times – `I just don’t have that in me anymore.’ Physically, I have nothing more to give. I’ve given absolutely everything I have to this beautiful sport of tennis, and I’m really happy with that,” Barty said.

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