Ash Barty rocked the entire tennis fraternity when she announced her retirement from professional tennis. The Australian recently claimed the 3rd major of her career and having finished as the World No. 1 for three successive seasons, the retirement came as an absolute shock to everyone involved with the sport.
There is no shying away from saying that Barty was the most dominant player on the Tour currently leading with more than 2000 points in the WTA rankings ahead of World No. 2 Iga Swiatek. Having won 2 of the last 3 Grand Slams, Barty had won 9 of the 10 finals starting from the 2019 WTA Finals with her only defeat coming in the 2021 Madrid Open winning a title each on Grass and Clay and 7 titles on hardcourts.
With the whole tennis world in frenzy trying to cope with the retirement of the World No. 1, former American Pro and coach Patrick McEnroe tweeted his surprise and shock with the news. “Ash Barty is # 1 in the world, 25 years old, and in the prime of her career. She just retired,” tweeted Patrick.
Ash Barty’s career record
Having turned Pro in 2010 at the age of 14, Barty had taken a hiatus in 2016 as well before returning to the sport once again. In a career that has spanned over a decade, the 25-year old finishes with 15 titles from 21 finals she contested. She won 10 titles on hardcourts from 14 finals, 3 titles on grass from 4 finals and 2 titles on clay from 3 finals.
Barty had a 2-0 record in the WTA-250 finals, a 5-3 record in the WTA-500 finals, a 3-3 record in the WTA-1000 finals, won her only finals in the WTA Elite Trophy (2018) and the WTA Finals (2019) while also winning all 3 of her Grand Slam finals appearances. She finishes her career with a 305-102 record with a 75% win rate having won titles on all surfaces possible.