Damn, she was looking like she could have a run and end up in that 5-7 slam range especially with Osaka doing whatever she's doing these days. Not really a great player in this generation of women's players unfortunately.
I seriously thought this was an April Fools Day gag, but realised we've got another week till April.
She's the world no.1 and a major threat at most slams. She was definitely someone I could see finishing her career in the Venus Williams/Justine Henin range of slams (7+) which would make her a legend of the sport. This feels like the most shocking tennis retirement I can think of. Even more than Bjorn Borg.
Well, good luck to her in her post-tennis career, but this is gonna create a big void in the women's game. The likes of Iga Swiatek may go on to dominate the women's game without Bartystanding in her way.
Good for her - retire at 25 - just like I did - although I never told anybody and keep collecting my paycheck - I just don't actually work though.
All the best......liked her a lot as a player ......the women's game is often underappreciated and Barty had a competetive edge and winning style that certainly made her stick out on the tour .......fine doubles player too
She had grown into probably the most complete player on the womens tour in terms of putting together both variety in what she's able to do while also mastering the fundamentals of the game since probably Justine. Sad to see her go just when she'd won her first hard court major and sort of proven she could do it all, but...
I mean she's always had issues being away from home for such long stretches, and the loss of hunger and drive probably sort of ties into that. Word from the underground also seems to be that she has caught that age old female curse of wanting to continue overpopulating the planet.
True or not, I hope she does whatever makes her happy, and 25 ain't no age. The way tennis is going these days she may yet come back again once the memory of the physical and mental toll it all takes fades.