WTA releases statement on Ashleigh Barty's shock retirement

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WTA releases statement on Ashleigh Barty's shock retirement

WTA CEO Steve Simon congratulated Ashleigh Barty on a great career and added she will be missed on the WTA Tour. Barty, a three-time Grand Slam champion, retired from tennis at the age of 25. Barty leaves the game while in prime of her career and while she is ranked at No.

1 in the world. “Ashleigh Barty with her signature slice backhand, complemented by being the ultimate competitor, has always led by example through the unwavering professionalism and sportsmanship she brought to every match.

With her accomplishments at the Grand Slams, WTA Finals, and reaching the pinnacle ranking of No.1 in the world, she has clearly established herself as one the great champions of the WTA. We wish Ash only the very best and know that she will continue to be a tremendous ambassador for the sport of tennis as she embarks on this new chapter of her life.

We will miss her," WTA CEO Simon said in a statement.

Barty announced her decision on Instagram

"Today is difficult and filled with emotion 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.

I am so thankful for everything this sport has given me and leave feeling proud and fulfilled. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, I’ll always be grateful for the lifelong memories that we created together," Barty wrote on Instagram.

Barty played in two tournaments this year before deciding to walk away from the game. Barty won the Adelaide International in the opening week of the season, before lifting her first Australian Open title a few weeks later.

Barty was 11-0 in 2022 and she dropped just one set in those 11 matches played. Barty needed three sets to beat Cori Gauff in her first match of the season and the next 10 wins were all in straight sets.