Top-ranked tennis player Ash Barty announces her retirement at 25 years old

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Australian tennis star Ashleigh Barty, the top-ranked women’s player in the world, has announced her retirement from the sport at just 25 years old. 

Barty, a three-time Grand Slam champion, made the announcement in an Instagram video that went up late Tuesday night in the United States. 

“Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis,” Barty wrote in her post. 

“I am so thankful for everything this sport has given me and leave feeling proud and fulfilled. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, I’ll always be grateful for the lifelong memories that we created together.”

Barty expanded on her decision to retire in the accompanying video. 

“It’s hard to say,” Barty said of saying she would be retiring but, she added, “I’m so happy and I’m so ready and I just know at the moment in my heart for me as a person, this is right.



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