‘OFFICIAL’ WTA announces major change as Ash Barty announces retirement » FirstSportz

Ash Barty
Ash Barty

3-time Grand Slam winner Ash Barty shocked the world when she announced her decision to retire from the game forever. The 25-year-old who won it Australian Open 2022 A few weeks ago she believed her hunger to do more had lessened after pursuing all her dreams in tennis and now she wants to pursue other things in her life.

Barty’s announcement sent shockwaves as no one expected the Australian to quit at a point where she’s in her ‘purple spot’, with tributes and disappointments coming from fellow players and former players as they felt That Ash had apart from having a fantastic career for which she was congratulated, she also robbed tennis fans of her brilliant and dominant style of play that made her world No. 1 for 112 consecutive weeks out of 119, when she was only the second player after Justine Henin was retired as World No. 1.

Barty had been at the top of the rankings for more than two years and although she’d missed all of the tennis action since winning the Australian Open that year, she was undisturbed at the top. With the last ranking update following the conclusion of the 2022 Indian Wells Open, Barty topped the rankings with 7980 points followed by world No. 2 Iga Swiatek who has 5776 points after winning the title at Indian Wells.

However, with the Australian’s announced retirement yesterday, the WTA has confirmed that post as a degree 2022 Miami OpenBarty’s name will be removed from the leaderboard, allowing a new player to replace Ash at the top.

Ash Barty picks her favorite to replace her as world No. 1

Iga Swiatek and Ash Barty
Iga Swiatek and Ash Barty

When asked who will replace the Australian at the top of the rankings, Barty herself hinted at who she would like to be replaced by. The frontrunners for rank are currently Iga Swiatek, Maria Sakkari and Paula Badosawho were all in top form and if one of them takes the title in Miami they can certainly be at the top of the rankings.

“I know that, if that’s the case Iga, there is no better man. She’s an incredible person, a great tennis player. The way she brought that fresh, fearless energy onto the pitch was incredible. I loved testing myself against them. I loved playing them. I loved practicing with her and spending time with her team. She is a brilliant person and was one of the first to message me which is really nice.

“I think she absolutely deserves it. I hope she can take it and still be herself, do it her own way, and really pursue what she’s looking for in her career and dreams.” Barty said during her interaction with the press after announcing her retirement yesterday.

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