Six tennis stars who retired early after shock Ashleigh Barty announcement

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Six tennis stars who retired early after shock Ashleigh Barty announcement

Justine HeninSimilar to Barty some 14 years later, Henin was 25 and led the world rankings when she decided to call time on her career in 2008. Hen

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Justine Henin

Similar to Barty some 14 years later, Henin was 25 and led the world rankings when she decided to call time on her career in 2008. Henin struggled with form and fatigue but still claimed seven Grand Slam titles.

She momentarily returned to the tour and the Belgian even reached the 2010 Australian Open, where she was defeated by Serena Williams. Henin retired permanently in 2011. 

Andy Roddick

Ahead of the 2012 US Open, Roddick announced it would be the final tournament of his 12-year career. The American, who became renowned for his big-serving ability, won 32 titles during his time as a professional. 

Roddick was the world number one and lost three Wimbledon finals – including a gutting 16-14 defeat in an epic 2009 final set to Federer. Ultimately, the 30-year-old lost in the fourth round to Juan Martin Del Portro at Flushing Meadows, and he pointed to injuries and a lack of motivation as his reasons to retire.

Marion Bartoli 

Bartoli had just claimed her first Grand Slam title after winning Wimbledon in 2013, and she had even matched her career high ranking of world number seven. The Italian played some smaller tour events, but called time on her career at age 28, catching fans and tennis figures off guard. 

In December 2017, she performed a U-turn but just seven months later after delays and setbacks, Bartoli announced she would be dropping her comeback plans.



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