Ashleigh Barty honestly reveals what prompted shock retirement at 25

Ashleigh Barty admits winning Wimbledon was something she dreamed of achieving her entire life and the “fire died inside” after she accomplished her goal. In 2021, Barty lifted her first Wimbledon title after overcoming Karolina Pliskova in three sets in the final at The Championships.

After winning Wimbledon, Barty appeared in just three tournaments in the rest of the 2021 season. Barty returned to action at the start of the 2022 season, when she won back-to-back titles at the Adelaide International and Australian Open.

A month and a half after her Australian Open victory, Barty announced a shock retirement at the age of 25. “Winning Wimbledon was the single thing I wanted my whole career. But after that feat, in June 2021, the fire died inside,” Barty told News Corp, per Eurosport.

There was ‘no fire’ inside Barty

In her book titled “My Dream Time,” Barty revealed some details about playing while struggling to find any motivation. “I don’t know what I’m playing for anymore.

I think I’m done. I have got nothing left, no spark,” Barty wrote. Barty, who announced her retirement in March, says the life has been great for her since announcing her decision. In July, Barty tied the knot with her partner Garry Kissick.

Overall, Barty has been doing extremely well since putting a curtain on her pro tennis career. “The last six or seven months of my life have been everything I have ever wanted. I’m loving the way my life is at the moment.

I won’t even be estranged from the tennis world… but I just won’t be out there for me,” Barty revealed. When Barty announced her retirement, many were left shocked since Barty was just 25 and the top-ranked player in the world. Since Barty’s retirement, Iga Swiatek has established herself as the new face of the women’s game.

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