Danielle Collins gives thoughts on Ashleigh Barty retiring at 25

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Danielle Collins gives thoughts on Ashleigh Barty retiring at 25

World No. 11 Danielle Collins admitted she was one of many that were surprised by Ashleigh Barty's retirement but added the Australian pulled off a "cool" move. Barty, a three-time Grand Slam champion, announced she was retiring at the age of 25.

“I think it’s so cool being able to retire at 25,” Collins told reporters in Miami, per the WTA Tour website. “What other profession would you be able to do that in? There’s not too many. I think it’s incredible for our sport.

“I think it really speaks to the way our sport empowers women”. Last year, Barty achieved her childhood dream of winning Wimbledon. This past January, Barty achieved one of her biggest goals - to win the Australian Open.

“She’s been at the top of her game for a long time,” Collins said. “A little bit surprising, but yeah, I think I’m really excited for Ash to see what she’s going to achieve off the court and the next steps of her life”.

Collins was the last player to play Barty

Collins reached her first Grand Slam final after beating Iga Swiatek in the Australian Open semifinal. Collins was hoping to pull off an upset in the Australian Open but failed to do as Barty beat the American 6-3 7-6 (2).

Collins was up by a break in the second set but Barty recovered to force a tie-break. which she won to seal a straight-set win. "It's not easy going out and playing someone pretty much on their home court, on home soil, in the finals of a major, but this is what we live for in sports, right?" Collins said afterwards," Collins said after the Australian Open final.

"These are incredible moments that you don't get to experience very often. It was a real honor to be out there. I tried to embrace every moment."