Ashleigh Barty reveals exact moment she told team it was her last Australian Open



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Ashleigh Barty reveals exact moment she told team it was her last Australian Open

Former three-time Grand Slam champion Ashleigh Barty said she wanted to give her best during the Australian summer and to enjoy to the fullest as she knew it would probably her last time playing in Australia. Barty kicked off her 2022 season in Adelaide, where she made it all the way.

After Adelaide, Barty withdrew from Sydney and turned her focus on the Australian Open. At the Australian Open, Barty didn't drop a single set in seven matches played to become the first Australian winner at Melbourne Park since 1978.

"Playing the Australian summer was a really special opportunity for me to give it one last crack of playing at home and doing something no Aussie had done in over 40 years," Barty told WTA Insider. "It was a really exciting opportunity for me.

I just wanted to go out there, one last crack, no regrets, just enjoy the moment and see what happens."

Barty: I knew it was the end after the Australian Open second round

After Barty's win over Lucia Bronzetti in the Australian Open second round, she gathered her team and told that was her final campaign at Melbourne Park.

Barty won her next five matches all in straight sets to win her first Australian Open title and the last title of her career. "In Adelaide I wasn't so sure," Barty said. "First tournament of the season, it's always a bit of a challenge.

Emotionally you're not sure how you're feeling, you're not sure where your level is at. "I think probably after the second round at the Australian Open, I sat down with my team and there was a moment for me where I was like, 'You know what, this is the last one.

This is the last Australian Open.' "Just really enjoy it, embrace it, take it for what it is, and stay super present in every moment because I'm never going to get that moment back again."