Wimbledon 2022 gave a new Slam champion: Elena Rybakina. The Kazakh tennis player, against all odds, made it all the way to the final and then defeated favorite Ons Jabeur in straight sets, winning her first career Slam.
Although in recent months Iga Swiatek seemed unbeatable winning game after game, women’s tennis once again proved to be unpredictable, giving us a new champion.
Commenting on what has happened in the last period in women’s tennis, former world number one Ashleigh Barty praised women’s tennis for the high level it has achieved for some time until this part.
Ashleigh explained: “Iga Swiatek is an incredible talent, an exceptional person and a very nice girl. I love her and her team and couldn’t be prouder that she took the number one spot because that she plays tennis the right way and so much energy and charisma.
The depth that exists in women’s tennis today is spectacular. We went from one or two dominant players to more unpredictability. It’s not because the WTA is weak.
On the contrary, it is because the circuit is very strong. All the people who rank in the top 40 or 50 in the world are so exceptional that they could very well be all in the top 10.”
Barty does not regret his retirement
Barty, who announced his retirement after winning the Australian Open, doesn’t regret his choice: “I don’t regret anything. No regrets. I know it was the right time for me.
It was what I wanted to do. I know a lot of people don’t understand it yet, but I hope they respect it, because it was my decision. It was awesome. I lived everything I wanted.
This year, I didn’t watch the Wimbledon final. Of course, I was very happy for Ons Jabeur and Elena Rybakina, they are two fantastic girls, and it was also great to see Nick Kyrgios, who I have known for a long time, reach the final.”
“However, since retiring, I have watched the same number of games as when I was on the circuit, accidentally none. Occasionally yes, but I rarely sit down on the sofa to watch a start to finish.
I’ve hit enough balls in my life, I don’t need to watch others do the same.” Barty explained what he misses in his new life: “I definitely miss seeing my teammates.
We spent a lot of time together and suddenly I found myself living in a remote corner of the planet. However, retirement was a smooth transition. Instead of spending several hours a day on the training tracks, I now have different routines. And since I knew it was going to happen, I didn’t have to adapt too much.”