Tennis stunner: Top-ranked Barty retires at 25

Ash Barty, the top-ranked women's tennis player stunned the sporting world this week when she announced her retirement. The 25-year-old is stepping away from the sport just two months after winning the Australian Open.



March 23, 2022 - 2:14 PM

Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates with the Venus Rosewater Dish trophy after defeating Karolina Pliskova of The Czech Republic in the Wimbledon women's singles finals in 2021. Photo by Simon Bruty / AELTC / Pool / Getty Images / TNS

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty did things on her own terms as she won three Grand Slam singles titles and spent more than two consecutive years at No. 1 in the women’s tennis rankings.

She retired on her own terms, too. At the age of 25, just two months after winning the Australian Open title.

The announcement stunned the tennis world on Wednesday.

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