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Ashleigh Barty

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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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