Three-time Grand Slam champion Ash Barty, who won the Australian Open earlier this year, stunned the tennis world by announcing her retirement at the age of 25
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Barty, 25, fulfilled a childhood dream this year when she captured this Australian Open on home soil, defeating American Danielle Collins in the final. Her form in Melbourne was prolific as she clinched the title without dropping a single set.
It was a third Grand Slam win for the Queenslander after previous victories at French Open  and Wimbledon , making her only eighth player to win a Major title on three different surfaces. She was also the first Australian to prevail at Melbourne Park since Chris O’Neil in 1978.
Despite seemingly being world No. 1 and seemingly at the peak of her powers, Barty left fans, pundits and fellow players aside stunned on Wednesday morning as she took to Instagram to confirm she was retiring from the sport T. Explained her decision alongside a video clip of an interview with her close friend and former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua.
“Today is difficult and full of emotions for me as I announce my retirement from tennis. I wasn’t sure how to share this news with you, so I asked my good friend @caseydellacqua to help me,” Barty wrote.
“I am so grateful for everything this sport has given me and I leave proud and fulfilled. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my way. I will always be grateful for the lifelong memories we created together.”
Murray, 34, himself a three-time Slam champion, admitted Twitter He was “eviscerated” by the news. “Happy for Ash Barty who is gutted for tennis,” he wrote. “What a player.”
Williams, who helped Barty return to tennis in 2015 after briefly leaving the sport to pursue a career in cricket, also paid tribute to her on social media. “A bit speechless to be honest,” she posted.
“Thank you for inspiring not just young girls not just in Australia but around the world. Thank you for showing that kindness wins. Thank you Ash Barty.”
Barty began her pro career in April 2010, just after she turned 14, playing in an ITF Women’s Circuit event. 2019, She ended her wait for a Slam title and became the first Australian to win at Rolland Garros since Margaret Court in 1973.
2021, She justified her #1 placement at SW19 by beating Karolina Pliskova in the finaland then this year’s triumph Down Under just let her in US Open Away win in a career grand slam. However, she told Dellacqua that she was comfortable with her decision as she “gave everything for this beautiful sport”.
She is the second WTA world No. 1 to retire in 2008, after Justin Henin, who was 26 years old. The Belgian player returned in 2010 but her renaissance was short-lived as an elbow injury forced her to retire for good the following year.
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