Ashleigh Barty awarded Order of Australia on Queen's Birthday Honors List

Retired tennis star Ashleigh Barty is among a batch of sports luminaries recognized in Sunday's Queen's Birthday Honors List, with the Queensland native appointed an Order (AO) of Australia.

The late cricket great Shane Warne, women's cricket captain Meg Lanning, men's cricket larrikin Doug Walters and golfer Adam Scott are among other feted sports identities appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia.

Barty's response to her honor was true to her renowned selflessness.

"There are so many Australian people who do wonderful things for our country,' she said. "And I want to congratulate all of the other award recipients on being recognized for their contributions."

Barty's AO follows her other AO triumph, capturing the Australian Open singles title in January. Within two months of that storied victory - her third major singles title - Barty stunned the sports world by retiring.

The 26-year old said she no longer had the mental or physical drive to continue her reign as world No.1. Nonetheless, Barty remains content with her decision and she hopes her latest honor, and her esteemed career, is a source of inspiration to others.

"I'm a very proud Australian and representing my country to the best of my ability has always been my priority," she said. "On a personal level, I always try to uphold Australian values - being humble, respectful, kind and caring for others.

"I hope to continue my contribution to our country, focusing on providing youth with sport and education opportunities and inspiring all young kids to go after their dreams."

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