World number one retires from tennis

10:21   23 March, 2022

World number one Ashleigh Barty announced the end of her career. The 25-year-old Australian athlete is ending her career for the second time. She retired from tennis for the first time in 2014, but returned in 2016.

"And I'm so grateful to everything that tennis has given me, it's given me all of my dreams plus more.

"But I know that the time is right now for me to step away and chase other dreams, and to put the rackets down," the BBC quoted Barty as saying. It was time to leave and chase other dreams," the BBC quoted Barty as saying.

Barty has won 15 WTA titles. This year, she won the Australian Open. Barty led the world rankings for 119 weeks, her third consecutive season as world number one.

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