'Better than the English': Ash Barty stuns with cheeky dig at rivals

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Ash Barty (pictured) sharing a laugh during her post-match interview at Wimbledon.
Ash Barty (pictured) couldn't help but take a cheeky crack at the English during her post-match interview. (Image: Twitter)

World No.1 Ash Barty was in good spirits after her Third Round performance at Wimbledon and she even took a dig at the English, ahead of their Euro 2020 clash.

England is a buzz with sport right now with the nation deep into the Euro 2020 tournament, while Wimbledon is about to enter its second week.

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The World No.1 took to the court in the afternoon, on Centre Court, only a couple of hours before England were set to take on Ukraine in their quarter-final match up.

Barty put in her best display on grass this season when she outplayed the potentially dangerous Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday.

But only moments after the match, England were due to kick-off against Ukraine.

Following her match, during her on-court interview, Barty couldn't help but take a cheeky swipe at her English rivals.

When asked on how she enjoyed the support from the Australians in the crowd, Barty said it was much better than the support from the English.

"Better than the English telling me the football's on!" she joked.

Barty was referring to the match fast-approaching.

Fans couldn't help but share a laugh with Barty over the sly dig.

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Fortunately for the English, the nation put in a masterclass and defeated Ukraine 4-0 to advance to the semi-final.

Ash Barty advances at Wimbledon

Barty, looking more comfortable every match, concedes that Krejcikova presents a problem.

"I have played her plenty of times in the doubles court. Never on the singles court. It's a new experience for both of us, some new challenges that for sure will force some of my best tennis," she said.

"I'm looking forward to that challenge, trying to figure out her game, kind of piece together the puzzle that she presents."

Barty admits she didn't watch too much of Krejcikova's run to the Roland Garros title because she was dealing with her own injury disappointment "and wasn't in a frame of mind to watch any of the matches in Paris."

But a battle between the 2019 and 2021 French Open champions, with their games full of variety and intelligence, should be a treat for tennis connoisseurs.

"If it's easy on the eyes, then that's nice. But if it's not, it won't bother me in the slightest," reckons Barty.

So, she's happy to win ugly?

"A win's a win they always say, right?" she said, with a smile.

with AAP

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