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Barty has no regrets over retirement - 'This was perfect way

Ash Barty, smiling and content, insisted the "time was right" as the world No 1 reflected on her decision to retire at the age of 25. 

Barty goes out on her terms, at the very top, after a dream Australian Open triumph and having topped the rankings for 114 successive weeks since 2019, with just shy of £18m in prize money and three Grand Slam titles.

"I think a lot of different things have happened in my life and that have changed my perspective," Barty told reporters.

"And timing is everything. I'm a big believer in that. And I think, after the Australian Open, I was really hoping that we'd get the opportunity to play a home Fed Cup tie.

"But that wasn't meant to be, it wasn't the case. And I just knew that for me that the time was right, I'd given absolutely everything that I could to the sport.

And I knew that it wouldn't be fair to my team and the people that have invested so much time and energy into my life, to not be 100 per cent committed for them. So, it's been a hell of a journey, I wouldn't change a thing. And I certainly have no regrets."

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