Serena Williams reacts to shock Ashleigh Barty retirement from tennis


Tennis great Serena Williams was at first sad to hear Ashleigh Barty was stepping away from the game at a very young age but added that she is also happy for the Australian and what’s to come next for her in her life. Three weeks after withdrawing from the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami, Barty announced a shock retirement from tennis. Williams and Barty clashed two times and twice the American ended on the winning side. Their two meetings came at the Grand Slam level as Williams beat Barty at the Australian Open in 2014, before also beating the Australian at the French Open four years later.

“@ashbarty I can’t lie I was sad to read your decision but also happy for your new chapter. Always your fan close up and afar. Sending all my love,” Williams tweeted.
Barty retires, Williams not done yet
Williams, who hasn’t played since Wimbledon, has revealed her plans to return this year.



Meanwhile, Barty explained her decision to retire at 25. “There was a perspective shift in me in this second phase of my career that my happiness wasn’t dependant on the results. Success for me is knowing that I’ve given everything that I can, I’m fulfilled, I’m happy,” Barty said in a conversation with Casey Dellacqua. “I know much work it takes to bring the best out of yourself. I’ve said it to my team multiple times, I just don’t have it in me anymore. I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional want, and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top of the level anymore.



I just know that I’m absolutely spent. I know I have physically I have nothing more to give. That for me is success. I’ve given everything I can to this beautiful sport of tennis. I’m really happy with that. For me that is my success.” Women’s tennis is more unpredictable than ever, and Serena Williams, American tennis player that has dominated women’s tennis for years is missing to the WTA Tour. The former world number one does not play a Wimbledon match and there is little news about the return of the US champion. A return that is hoped for by another tennis player and another former world number one: Monica Seles. The countrywoman has called for the come back of Serena Williams, who does not get a title from winning the Australian Open in 2017.


In an interview with Richard Osborn in Indian Wells, Seles said she would like Serena Williams to return so that the American can fight. to get the 24 Grand Slam title. Monica Seles: “Serena Williams is incredible” Seles said, as reported by Spotskeeda: “Selfishly, I really hope Serena Williams comes back. I think it would be great to see her chase that record, kind of what we’re seeing with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. As a former player, she is simply incredible to me.” With Serena Williams on indefinite period, Monica Seles has decided to comment on the WTA Tour, explaining the reasons for her unpredictability.



The former woels no one said: “The women’s game is in a great place right now. Even as a former player, I have no idea who will win it. The players are so close in terms of level; on any given day, anyone can win the tournament. It’s a great motivation for the players.” In the interview with Richard Osborn, Monica Seles went on to talk about Serena Williams. The American praised the Saginaw tennis player even off the court. Sees said: “I think even the barriers that Serena was able to break were so huge off the pitch for us women. The fact that she was able to have a daughter and go back to the sport is just great to see. This has come to someone like Victoria Azarenka, to lower level players.”


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