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    Serena Williams Just Posted A Heartfelt Message In Support Of Ash Barty's Retirement Saying That She Will Always Be A "Fan"

    Legends supporting legends.

    Yesterday, Australian tennis player Ash Barty sent shockwaves through the sporting world after it was announced that she would be retiring at the age of 25.

    Ash Barty celebrating after a tennis match

    Ash, who is currently ranked number one in the world and most recently won the Australian Open, announced the news on Instagram through a video featuring fellow retired tennis player and commentator Casey Dellacqua.

    In it she said, "I don't have the physical drive, the emotional want and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top level anymore. I just know that I am absolutely spent. I know physically I have nothing more to give, and that for me is success."

    Ash Party competing during a tennis match

    "I know that people may not understand it, and I'm okay with that. I'm so happy, I'm so ready, and I just know at the moment in my heart for me as a person that this is right."

    Ash Barty celebrating after winning a tennis match

    "[Tennis has] given me all of my dreams and more, but I know that the time is right now for me to step away and chase other dreams, and put the racquet down."

    Following the news, Australians and tennis players from around the world have applauded Ash's decision and career, including a sweet farewell message from one of the greats, Serena Williams.

    @ashbarty I can’t lie I was sad to read your decision but also happy for your new chapter. Always your fan close up and afar. Sending all my love

    Twitter: @serenawilliams

    On her Twitter, Serena wrote, "I can't lie. I was sad to read your decision, but also happy for your new chapter."

    Ash Barty and Serena Williams shaking hands after a tennis match

    "Always your fan close up and afar. Sending all my love."

    Ash Barty and Serena Williams shaking hands after a tennis match

    Other tennis heavyweights, like Dylan Alcott, Andy Murray, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep, sent love and support to Ash after hearing news of her retirement.

    Ash Barty. Amazing tennis player but even better person. A champion in every sense of the word. Very proud of you mate ❤️

    Twitter: @DylanAlcott

    Happy for @ashbarty gutted for tennis 🎾 what a player❤️

    Twitter: @andy_murray

    Congrats on an incredible career Ash 🙏 It was a privilege to share a court with you. Wishing you all the best in your next chapter, @ashbarty. You will be missed 🥺❤️

    Twitter: @KaPliskova

    Ash, what can I say, you know I have tears right? My friend, I will miss you on tour. You were different, and special, and we shared some amazing moments. What's next for you? Grand Slam champion in golf?! Be happy and enjoy your life to the max xo Simo @ashbarty

    Twitter: @Simona_Halep

    We truly love to see legends supporting legends! All the best to Ash who has had one heck of an incredible tennis career.