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Ashleigh Barty


World No.1 tennis champion, Ashleigh Barty, has shocked the sporting world by announcing her retirement on Instagram after winning three major singles titles in the last three years. The 25-year-old Australian is only the second reigning World No. 1 in the women’s game to retire at the top, following Justine Henin, who retired in 2008. Barty, who started her profession­al tennis career in 2010, took a break from the sport from 2014 to 2016. Only 18 at the time, she wanted to “experience life as a normal teenage girl”. She returned to tennis full-time in 2017 and went on to dominate the sport, winning 25 of her last 26 matches.

retirement end of one’s profession­al life / reigning current, holding the title / to take, took, taken a break from to briefly interrupt one’s activity, to stop sth for a while / to experience to be subject to, to live with, understand / teenage adolescent / full-time here, working permanentl­y and uniquely at / to go, went, gone on to to proceed (as a consequenc­e).

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