Rising American star Cori Gauff thought Ashleigh Barty pulled off a "savage move" by retiring from the game while she was the best in the game. Barty, ranked at No. 1 in the world, on Wednesday announced she was calling it a career at the age of 25.
Barty captured three Grand Slam titles during her great career and left the game while sitting at the No. 1 place. “I mean, actually, I can’t say that word,” Gauff said, per the WTA website. “I was going to say that’s such a savage move.
I was going to say something else, but I can’t. I obviously wish Ash the best. I was definitely surprised this morning when I saw it. I’m glad she was able to retire on her own terms, not due to injury or something”.
Gauff the only player to win a set against Barty in 2022
Barty didn't lose a single match in 2022 as she captured back-to-back titles at the Adelaide International and Australian Open. Barty dropped only one set in those 11 matches played in Australia and the only player that was able to win a set against her was Gauff.
After a first round bye in Adelaide, Barty recovered from a set down to beat Gauff in the round-of-16 4-6 7-6 6-1. Unfortunately for Gauff, she will never again get a chance to go against Barty. "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.