World number one Ashleigh Barty retires from tennis aged 25

No 1 Tennis Player Ashleigh Barty Childhood Picture

The Australian Ashleigh Barty's  made the announcement on social media, saying she was leaving to "chase other dreams"

Barty said I'm so grateful for what tennis has given me. But I know the time is right for me to step away and chase other dreams.

Barty's first singles Grand Slam arrived at the French Open in 2019 and she became world number one in the same year, a position she has held for 114 consecutive weeks since.

Barty won three Grand Slam titles, Australian Open (2022), French Open (2019), and Wimbledon (2021), lifting 15 singles and 12 doubles titles in a celebrated career.

Williams is the only other active female player to have won major titles on clay, grass and hard courts, and at the time of her retirement, Barty has collected $23.8m (£17.9m) in prize money.

Barty dropped the bombshell weeks after becoming the first home Australian Open champion in 44 years

Thank you, for the incredible mark you've left on-court, off-court and in our hearts