Ash Barty spoke about it for the first time Serena Williams decision to retire from tennisShe admitted she would have loved a final blow against the American champions.
Williams will retire from professional tennis after the US Open later that month, Barty retired.
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The Aussie star only faced Williams twice in her career and went down both times.
Williams won 6-2, 6-1 at the 2014 Australian Open when Barty was just 17 before also winning in three sets at the 2018 French Open.
The pair were due to meet for the third time at the Yarra Valley Classic ahead of the Australian Open in January before Williams retired through injury.
Speaking of Sydney Morning Herald This week, Barty admitted she would have loved one last match against the 23-time Grand Slam champion before their respective retirements.
“The first [time] I was a very young girl who was intimidated,” Barty admitted.
“The second time I thought I had a chance and I did. But the way she plays and her size was too good for me.
“I would have liked to have challenged myself one last time. That’s my competitive spirit and I’m learning from the experiences I’ve had.
“Not many people on this planet can say they’ve played Serena, and I’m one of the few people who actually got to experience it when she was at her best.
“And I think that was really exciting. It is a memory and an experience I will never forget and from which I learned a lot.”
Barty also expressed her hope that Williams will be happy in retirement after the 40-year-old revealed her wants to expand her family away from the rigors of professional tennis.
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earlier this month, Williams referred to Barty’s resignation and Caroline Wozniacki as she revealed her plans to retire from tennis.
Williams, she said her own retirement was very different and she felt no joy or relief in making the decision.
“I know a lot of people are excited and looking forward to retirement and I really wish I felt that way,” she admitted.
“Ashleigh Barty was world No. 1 when she left the sport this March and I think she felt really ready to move on.
“Caroline Wozniacki, one of my best friends, was relieved when she retired in 2020.
“Kudos to these people, but I’ll be honest. There is no luck for me in this topic. I know it’s not customary to say this, but I feel a lot of pain.
“It’s the hardest thing I can imagine. I hate it. I hate standing at this fork in the road. I keep telling myself I wish it was easy for me, but it’s not.”
Williams is 0-2 since revealing her intentions hang up the racquet forever, losing to Belinda Bencic in Montreal and Emma Raducanu in Cincinnati.
She is now making the move to the US Open – beginning August 29 – in an emotional farewell to tennis in front of her adoring home fans in New York.
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