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Ash Barty’s surprising retirement shocked the tennis world on Twitter

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Ash Barty, the No. 1-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, has announced her retirement.

This is a shocking turn of events for tennis. Barty, only 25 years old, is at the top of her game — she’s less than two months removed from winning her home Australian Open, her third overall Grand Slam singles title — the other two being the 2019 French Open on clay and 2021 Wimbledon on grass.

Barty has held the world No. 1 ranking for 114 consecutive weeks, according to the WTA Tour.

« I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional want and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top of the level any more, » Barty said in an Instagram video interview explaining her surprising decision. « I am spent. »

Barty is only the second woman to retire with the world No. 1 ranking — the other being Justine Henin, who also decided to step back at the age of 25, back in 2008.

The news sent shockwaves through the tennis world, with Barty’s friends and competitors sending her well-wishes despite their disbelief.

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