Ash Barty Reveals His Big Regret Over Serena Williams’ Retirement As The American Legend Prepares To Quit The Game
- Aussie Golden Girl Says She Wished She Had One Last Chance With Serena Williams
- Ash Barty played the 23-time Grand Slam champion twice, losing both times.
- Serena Williams plans to retire from tennis after the US Open in September
Australian tennis player Ash Barty has spoken for the first time about her unfinished business with Serena Williams, as she admitted she would have loved one last chance against the retiring American superstar.
Williams, 40, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, has announced she will retire from the sport after the US Open in September.
Barty, 26, announced his surprising retirement from tennis five months ago.
Ash Barty and Serena Williams shake hands at the 2014 Australian Open. Williams won the match 6-2 6-1
Williams won in three sets when the pair met at the 2018 French Open, and Barty has now revealed that she would have loved the chance to level the score with the American superstar.
The pair only met twice over the years, with Serena winning both times.
Williams beat a teenage Barty at the Australian Open in 2014 in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, before beating the Australian golden girl at the French Open in 2018.
Their second meeting was a closer affair, reflecting Barty’s vast improvement, with the Aussie dropping in three after winning the first set 6-3.
Barty told the Sydney Morning Herald that she has no regrets about her playing career, but she wouldn’t mind going back to Williams to try and win it back.
‘First [time] I was a very young girl who was bullied,” Barty said.
‘The second time I thought I had a chance and I did. But the way she plays and the greatness of her was too good for me.
I would have loved to challenge myself one last time. That is my competitive spirit, and me learning from the experiences I had.
Williams is pictured playing Emma Raducanu at the Western & Southern Open. A brilliant Raducanu defeated Williams 6-4, 6-0 in one hour and five minutes
“Not many people on this planet can say that they played Serena and I am one of those few people who really experienced her when she was at her best.
‘And I think that was really exciting. It is a memory and an experience that I will never forget and from which I learned a lot.’
Earlier in the week, Ash Barty announced his very unusual new job title at one of Australia’s largest companies. She is the new head of inspiration for Optus, a role that comes with an unusual title.
“The inspiration for me has always been my North Star, helping inspire Australians and encouraging them to be the best version of themselves, and I can’t wait to do that with Optus,” said Barty.
Ash Barty announced her retirement from the sport at the age of 26 as world No. 1 and reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion.
Since her shock retirement in March after a fairytale victory at the Australian Open, Barty has been very active.
The three-time Grand Slam winner married partner Garry Kissick, made a shoe at Mick Fanning’s charity golf day, and released a variety of children’s books and spent a lot of time on the links, sparking rumors that Barty he could try to switch to professional golf. .
The Australian golden girl is also finalizing her memoir, which will be available for pre-order in November.