“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.”
– Ash Barty
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 30, 2022
The Barty Party is over. Australian sports fans and tennis fans around the world are still coming to grips with world no.1 Ash Barty’s shock decision to retire from professional tennis. At the age of just 25, the 2022 Australian Open champion is stepping away from the tennis court after announcing the news in an Instagram post. Here we pay tribute to the champion Aussie with a countdown to her Top 3 greatest highlights!
3 – French Open, 2019
The first grand slam in any tennis player’s career is always a special one and Barty’s breakthrough slam at the French Open in 2019 will always be a memorable moment in her career.
Barty breezed through her opening three rounds without dropping a set before dropping just two sets thereafter, one to Sofia Kenin in the 4th round and one to Amanda Anisimova in the semi-finals.
Barty was ruthless in the final, making light work of Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 with her Roland Garros triumph seeing her become the first Australian woman in 46 years to win the French Open.
2 – Wimbledon, 2021
If her first grand slam triumph at Roland Garros was relatively seamless, Ash had to fight hard for her second one and her maiden Wimbledon crown.
Extended to three sets in her first round match, Barty would also have to dig deep in the final against 8th seed Karolina Pliskova.
The talented Czech pushed the Aussie all the way with Barty lifting the Wimbledon trophy with a gritty and determined 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 win which saw her become the first Australian women’s champion in 41 years.
1 – Australian Open, 2022
Without a doubt, Barty’s crowning glory was an emotional win in the 2022 Australian Open.
The Barty Party rolled into Rod Laver Arena and with the weight of the nation on her shoulders, Barty delivered a grand slam performance to remember with a fornight of flawless tennis.
The Aussie didn’t drop a solitary set and in the final in front of a packed crowd on Rod Laver Arena, Barty celebrated a famous slam with a gusty 6-3, 7-6 win over feisty American Danielle Collins.
Barty created history becoming only the 5th Australian to win the Australian Open women’s title and the first to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup since Chris O’Neil in 1978.
“To get to experience to play at home is really special, and to be here as a champion of the tournament is really exciting,’’ a jubilant Barty said.
And what a moment it was when Barty’s hero and childhood idol Evonne Goolagong Cawley made a surprise appearance on Rod Laver Arena to present the trophy to Barty.
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