Ashleigh Barty retires as the most dominant drive in women’s tennis

Barty’s combination of crushing groundstrokes and slice backhand, which is as around to a ideal shot as there has been, at times produced her irrepressible.

This was never additional apparent than at January’s Australian Open — the website of the last of Barty’s three grand slam titles — where she did not drop a set on the way to becoming the tournament’s to start with dwelling champion considering that 1978.

With time on her aspect, the only query that remained right away soon after her Australian Open gain was: how many grand slams could she gain?

Regardless of her accomplishment, Barty explained she experienced been pondering about retirement for “a extensive time.” In point, she admitted her selection to retire was only solidified by her Australian Open and Wimbledon victories past calendar year.

“Wimbledon final calendar year altered a lot for me as a person and for me as an athlete,” Barty said in her retirement video. “When you function so hard your entire lifetime for one particular target. To be able to earn Wimbledon, which was my desire, the just one legitimate aspiration that I required in tennis, that truly improved my viewpoint.”

Barty becomes just the second female in heritage to retire though rated earth No. 1, pursuing Justine Henin in 2008, but it really is not the to start with time she has walked absent from the activity.

In 2014, four many years just after starting her tennis occupation, she took a 21-month split aged 18, expressing at the time “it was as well considerably also swiftly.”

The Australian showed her prodigious talents ended up not minimal to the court docket as she played cricket professionally for the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Massive Bash League.

She is also a keen golfer and is seemingly relatively fantastic

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Open house at Kenver; PS21 adds four to board; Salisbury Bank holds 14th annual food drive

Kenver, Ltd. will hold an open house on Thursday, Nov. 4 from 4-6 p.m. The public is invited to meet the shop’s new owners while enjoying light refreshments. Illustration courtesy Kenver

SOUTH EGREMONT — On August 31, longtime South Egremont sportswear boutique and outdoor retail hub Kenver, Ltd. was sold to OvareVentures, which is headquartered in Glendale, California.

On Thursday, Nov. 4 from 4-6 p.m., the public is invited to meet Kenver’s new owners at an Open House. The South Egremont Spirit Shoppe will supply the beer and cheese, and Rubiner’s Cheesemongers & Grocers will bring the charcuterie.

Founded in 1959 by the late sportsman and skier Ken Vermeulen, Kenver specializes in best-in-category sports equipment, including skis, bikes, snowboards, and ice skates. Kenver also sells seasonal designer sporting apparel and footwear, and features a dedicated bootery cellar with fitting specialists as well as a curated collection of artisan wares and home accessories.

Kenver’s historic building at 39 Main Street was built in 1731 as a stagecoach stop, and it maintains its ambiance with fireplaces and antiques. Kenver has twice been named “Best of New England” in the Ski, Snowboard and Cross-Country Shop Awards presented by New England Winter Sports Representatives, Inc.

—A.K.

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PS21 welcomes four new board members

PS21’s new board members, L to R clockwise: Judith Albert, Sarah Chalfant, Leslie Lassiter, and Louis Hedgecock. Photos courtesy PS21

CHATHAM, N.Y.PS21 has welcomed Judith Albert, Sarah Chalfant, Louis Hedgecock, and Leslie Lassiter to its board of directors. Distinguished professionals in the fields of architecture, finance, law, and literary agency, they all share PS21’s commitment to expanding the audiences for original contemporary performing arts and artists in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

Judith Albert is board chair of Cornerstone Capital Group, which develops and manages

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