Ashleigh Barty shocked the tennis world with her sudden retirement at 25 and world No. 2 Iga Swiatek was left confused and "cried for a long time" after hearing about the Australian's decision. Barty, ranked at No.
1 in the world, admitted she doesn't have it anymore and she felt it was time for her to call it a career. “I was crying for a long time,” Swiatek said in Miami, as quoted on Tennis Majors. “I mean, there was lot of confusion in me, for sure.
But also, like, sadness because I always – I mean, when I think of the player that is really complete in terms of physicality, mentality, tennis-wise, I always thought of Ash and I always looked up to her. I mean, I still do.
“It would be really nice also to be able to compete against her for next few years and actually try to play better and better, to be able to beat her slice. We’re going to miss her, for sure”.
Swiatek the top candidate to be the new No.
Following her Indian Wells victory, Swiatek rose from a previous career-high of No. 4 to a new career-high of No. 2. “I had whole night basically,” Swiatek said. “To be honest, at first it was really emotional for me.
I didn’t know about all the rules. I actually didn’t even know you could choose being removed because I didn’t follow any other athletes that were retiring. … I don’t want to really talk about it because it’s Ash’s decision.
I think she has all right to do, like, both things”. Swiatek has had a great start to the year and she was the top candidate to be the new No. 1 even before Barty announced retirement. “For sure it would be for me something special to be world No.
1,” Swiatek said. “I never expected that, if it’s going to happen it’s going to happen that way. Actually after Indian Wells it became my goal. It’s pretty weird for it to be my goal for two days and it may actually happen that quick.
But still it’s a longshot because it’s her decision. I think we got to wait for her to speak about that”.