Four things to remember from Ashleigh Barty’s career, the best in the world, retired at just 25 years old

This is the best tennis world in the world. Ashleigh Barty has decided to end her career at just 25 on Wednesday, March 23rd. “”full“, corn “Exhausted“The Australian finally checked all the boxes on her goal list. She may not be remembered because of the length of her domination, but she will be. There is a rare regularity in the circuit. Looking back on a short but successful career.

Unusual figure of stability

If there’s one aspect of Ashleigh Barty’s career that remains, it’s regularity. At the WTA circuit, where an explosion is essential, Australians position themselves as a safe bet. From 2017 to June 23, 2019, she continued to make progress until she reached the number one throne in the world, and released it to Naomi Osaka in August of the same year for just one month.

From August 10, 2020 to March 23, 2022, Ashleigh Barty comfortably maintained the top of the sport. In total, these are 120 weeks of domination, including 84 consecutive runs just before bowing. Longevity we have observed more since the heyday of Serena Williams from February 2013 to September 2016. During the two reigns, six other players regained the throne in a short-lived way each time (Kerber, Pliskova, Muguruza, Halep, Wozniacki, Osaka).

Ashleigh Barty is rarely disappointed. In 272 games played since 2017, the Queensland champion has won 211 and has a success rate of 77.5%. His flagship season remains in 2021 with only 9 losses and 42 successes. 2022 is a new vintage as it only won all 11 games across Adelaide and the Australian Open.

The best track record

Her tricky sliced ​​backhand leaving Ashleigh Barty and the WTA circuit was also the best record of the last four seasons to rank rackets and won 12 tournaments (15 throughout her career). In 2019, Australians revealed themselves to the world by winning the first Grand Slam tournament at the French Open in France. In the final, she crushed Czech Marka Vendrusova (6-1, 6-3). You’ll have to wait until 2021 to see her swing her major trophy again.

Ashleigh Barty and her Roland Garros winning trophy, June 8, 2019.  (Mehdi Taamallah / NurPhoto via AFP)

At Wimbledon, a versatile Australian wins her second major after three sets of great fights in the final against Karolina Pliskova, on the surface of her proportionally most successful (56 wins with 16 losses). Did. The third and most promising will arrive in 2022 and will remain as the end of his career. On January 29, Bertie was crowned at her home after playing a white run against Danielle Collins at the Australian Open.Year to lose one set. Enough to free all those who have been waiting for the champion since 1978 Christine O’Neil.

With no weaknesses, the Australian built her rule by combining power and accuracy.She also relied on her formidable serve that made herAce Queen In 2021, the player who won the service with the most wins of the season. Her very fast ball grip and her very functional slices caused problems for all players on the circuit.

Only one measure is missing from her collection. She has never passed the US Open 16 rounds, but she won the doubles with CoCo Vandeweg in 2018. Four times since 2018, Ashleigh Barty hasn’t collected all the titles on one side. She is the fifth player in history to win three majors on different surfaces (hard, glass and clay), following Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams.

Ashleigh Barty won the Australian Open on January 29, 2022.  (AARONFRANCIS / AFP)

An Australian star, but not well known abroad

One of the hallmarks of his career is undoubtedly that the general public does not know him. If Chris Evert, Serena Williams, and more recently Naomi Osaka cross the boundaries of their sport, this is not always the case for Australians. In Australia, on the other hand, he is the number one star in the world in terms of both performance and personality.

“”She is the most beloved of Australia’s last great men and women“Australian sports journalist Courtney Walsh asserts in the newspaper world.. There was a “verty effect” in Australia. Following the coronation at Wimbledon, the Tennis Federation has announced that it will increase children’s tennis practice by 30% in 2021. A young Aboriginal who finds an identifiable champion is far more effective.

Originally from Aboriginal, Bertie has been involved in the development of marginalized tennis. And his rejection of the “star system” allowed him to build a perfect reputation.

Ashleigh Barty poses on February 28, 2022, with the Australian Open trophy in front of Australia's iconic mythical Uluru.  (Scott Barber / Tennis Australia / AFP)

She was already retired in 2014

Ashleigh Barty wasn’t necessarily a tennis player. In 2014, the Australian put her high-level tennis career on hold for … cricket. Cricket is a very popular sport in Australia and I could even play with professionals.She In particular, she participated in a national championship with her hometown of Brisbane Club and played about 10 games.

“”When I was so young, it was too fast for me to travel so fast.I wanted to experience life as a normal teenager“, She confided to Cricket.com. But more than a year after the start of this new experience, she returned to court at the first step of an ITF tournament, before starting the most luxurious phase of her career. What questioned the credibility of her end-of-life announcement as a tennis player?