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Ashleigh Barty dropped a bombshell on the tennis world on Wednesday, as the 25-year-old announced her retirement at the peak of her game and just two months after claiming a third Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Citing the fulfilment of her tennis goals and fatigue with life on the WTA Tour, the world No. 1 walks away with 15 titles to her name, the last coming at Melbourne Park where she ended Australia's 44-year wait for a home champion.

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