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Her first retirement from tennis came from nowhere and surprised many although it was in completely different circumstances to today’s bombshell.Back in 2014, Barty was a young gun on the rise with the world at her feet before deciding it was too much for her so she retreated back to her family home in Queensland and played cricket for a couple of years.Eventually the lure of playing the game she loved was too strong and she came back – again in her own time – and began a remarkable journey which took her to the top of the women’s game.At midday on Wednesday in Brisbane, Barty did things again in her own way.For the second time she was done with tennis, this time for real. There would be no coming back this time.And to tell the world she called her best friend and former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua to be there when she announced the ‘R’ word.“There is no right way, there is no wrong way, it is just my way,” Barty declared in the emotional five-minute video hosted by Dellacqua.Ash Barty Career Stats As the news spreads across the globe there will be so many questions.While she attempted to answer some in the Instagram post, it’s going to take months for the news to sink in.What everyone is asking is – Why now?Barty is at the peak of her powers at the age of 25. She has been world No.1 for the past three years which puts her in elite company – only all-time greats Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams and Chris Evert have done it previously.She showed at the Australian Open that she is currently a level above the chasing pack, winning her home grand slam in emphatic fashion.CODE Words: Ash Barty retirement specialWith three grand slam titles and more than $25 million in career prize money to her name – plus another $25 million in potential earnings away from the tennis court – the world was her oyster.But the glitz, glamour and money have never been what made Barty tick.In the retirement video she reveals winning Wimbledon, and emulating her hero Evonne Goolagong Cawley, changed something inside her.She almost quit then but had some unfinished business at Melbourne Park. Once that was ticked off, Barty retreated back to Queensland and quickly realised there was nothing more to tick off her tennis wish list.The signs were there over the past month that something was up.Barty took a special trip to Uluru and spent time with indigenous kids, showing them that they can dare to dream about doing something special.When she then pulled out of tournaments in Miami and Indian Wells, the whispers started. Is she mentally fatigued after the Australian Open? Does she have a secret injury? And then over the past week there was even, is she pregnant?It turned out to be none of the three, instead it was Ash Barty doing things her own way again.NED-3804-Ash-Barty-Graphic

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