Ashleigh Barty secured her third Grand Slam with her win in the 2022 Australian Open. After her imposing win on home soil, Barty revealed that she would be retiring from professional tennis at only 25-years-old.
Barty also had a massively impressive 2021. Her victory at Wimbledon gave the Aussie her second-ever Grand Slam and made her the first Indigenous Australian woman to win Wimbledon in 50 years. This honour joined Barty’s 2019 French Open win and a Doubles title at the 2018 US Open with partner CoCo Vandeweghe.
The 2022 Australian Open closed her career in spectacular fashion, retaining her world No. 1 singles ranking after Aryna Sabalenka and Barbora Krejčikova crashed out in the fourth round and Quarterfinals.
Barty somewhat breezed through the first four rounds, Lesia Tsurenko, Lucia Bronzetti, Camila Giorgi and Amanda Anisimova were unable to trouble the Aussie.
Barty’s Quarter-final and Semi-final opponents, Americans Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys, failed to topple her, losing 6 - 2, 6 - 0 and 6 -1, 6 - 3 respectively. The Aussie met yet another American in the final, but Barty overcame Danielle Collins 6 - 3, 7 - 6 to win in front of the home crowd.