Justine Henin talks similarities between her and Ashleigh Barty's early retirements

Henin retired at 28, while Barty called it a career at 25.

by Dzevad Mesic
Justine Henin talks similarities between her and Ashleigh Barty's early retirements

Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin retired from tennis at a young age but even she was surprised when Ashleigh Barty announced her retirement from the game. Barty, who won her first Australian Open title in January, announced a shock retirement from tennis at the age of 25.

Henin, who spent over 100 weeks as the No. 1, decided to end her career at the age of 28. Henin was hampered by a knee injury at the time of her retirement, while Barty was perfectly fine health-wise. “I was surprised, at first," Henin told Eurosport.

“Of course, I can put myself in her shoes because I stopped - not really in the same conditions, but I was young too, so I started again afterwards. We don't know what the future holds for her - and I was surprised because Ash Barty seemed to me to be the one who was going to continue to stamp her authority on women's tennis."

Henin: You have to respect Barty's decision

During a conversation with Casey Dellacqua, Barty admitted he simply didn't have the motivation anymore to put in the required work.

Also, Barty said there are some other goals and dreams she wants to pursue and achieve in her life. “The world No. 1, retiring so young, it's always something surprising, but at the same time Barty doesn't necessarily do things the same way as the others," Henin continued.

“You have to respect her decision, nobody can judge because we all live our careers in a different way. I must have been 25 at the time too when I decided to retire from tennis. "So of course there are a lot of similarities with Barty. That's why I can totally relate to her and understand. I was clearly on the verge of psychological exhaustion."

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