“Not Really My Thing”: Ashleigh Barty Denies Following Top Tennis Players During Grand Slam

Published 02/09/2021, 2:53 PM EST
Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates winning match point during her Women’s Singles first round match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


World No.1 Ashleigh Barty got off to a fantastic start at the Australian Open 2021. In the first round, she steamrolled Danka Kovinic, thrashing her in both the sets.

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The Australian player played some really attacking tennis and dominated the entire game. The final scoreline of the match read 6-0, 6-0.

In the post-match press conference, Ashleigh Barty faced quite a tricky question. She was asked if she watched and followed the matches of top tennis players like Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams while she herself was playing at a Grand Slam.

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In response to this, the World No.1 player came up with a pretty good answer. “Sometimes, in the background, but typically not a lot,” began Barty.

“Nothing that I can do from the couch, it’s going to change how they play. I have zero control of how they hit the tennis ball.”

Although Barty admitted that she observed a few stars on the pitch, she clarified that her actions could not have impacted their on-court exploits.

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“That’s not really my thing”- Ashleigh Barty

Barty highlighted that she is the kind of player who just loves to watch the matches of other players. Even though she accepted that watching a little bit was fine, she later reflected that it was not really her thing.

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“Yeah! you can watch a little bit. But, that’s not really my thing,” added the World No.1 player. Ashleigh Barty is certainly in the form of her life and doesn’t need to watch and study other players.

Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her final singles match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Barty will next face Daria Gavrilova in the 2nd round of the Australian Open 2021. Fans surely have high expectations from her and want her to succeed at the Grand Slam. Will the 24-year-old be able to lift her second Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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