Ashleigh Barty, a three-time Grand Slam champion and the current No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world, has shockingly retired from the sport at age 25. The Australian announced her decision via a video she shared on her Instagram page last Tuesday night. In the Instagram video, Barty expressed her gratitude for “everything this sport has given me” before announcing that it was the “right” time for her to put her “racquets down.”
Ashleigh Barty, who turns 26 in April, has been ranked No. 1 in the WTA for 119 weeks and won the Australian Open in late January. She also won major titles at Wimbledon and the French Open in 2021 and 2019, respectively. She won 15 singles titles in all. Nevertheless, the Australian tennis star, who has previously demonstrated her remarkable skills in the Women’s Big Bash League, quits as the world’s top-ranked tennis player after more than two years at the top.
Ashleigh Barty secures her place in the elite list
On Wednesday, Ashleigh Barty shocked the tennis world by announcing her retirement from the sport, just two months after winning the Australian Open. The Australian walked away in her prime after spending 119 weeks at the top of the WTA rankings.
Having reigned for 119 Weeks, Barty inscribed her name into history as she became one of the top ten female players in tennis to acquire the top ranking for a plethora of weeks. The list is led by Steffi Graf, the tennis Queen with Barty in the seventh position, just ahead of Belgian tennis great Justine Hennin, who, like Ash Barty, retired in her prime.
After retiring from tennis, Justine Hennin requested that her name be removed from the WTA rankings. Barty, on the other hand, has made no such remarks, but if she follows the same, Iga Swiatek or Paula Badosa will be the new World No. 1 following the Miami Open in 2022 with Krejcikova, Kontaveit, Pliskova, Sabalenka, and Sakkari all have a strong chance of qualifying in the coming months.