Wimbledon: Serena Williams says she didn't know Ash Barty was tennis world number 1

Sour grapes, Serena? Tennis champion Williams & shocking cracker against Australian young cannon Ash Barty – while the duo prepares for a confrontation with Wimbledon

  • Serena Williams caught Ash Barty at a press conference prior to Wimbledon
  • She didn't know Barty had climbed up to number one until a reporter told her
  • Barty took first place after winning the French Open and Birmingham Classic
  • Williams and Barty could bump into the quarterfinals if they both come through
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Serena Williams has rejected young Australian tennis star Ash Barty by claiming she didn't even know she was number one in the world.

Ladies champion Williams, 37, battled Barty, 23, during her pre-Wimbledon press conference in London on Saturday.

Barty recently climbed to number one after back-to-back wins at the French Open and the Birmingham Classic.

But the 23-time grand slam champion – who himself was world number 1 for a total of 319 weeks – had to be told by a reporter that Barty was the new leader in the women's game.

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World number 11 Serena Williams (photo), 37, spoiled Barty, 23, at her pre-Wimbledon press conference in London on Saturday

World number 11 Serena Williams (photo), 37, spoiled Barty, 23, at her pre-Wimbledon press conference in London on Saturday

Barty recently climbed to number one after back-to-back wins at the French Open and the Birmingham Classic. She is pictured after her victory in Birmingham

Barty recently climbed to number one after back-to-back wins at the French Open and the Birmingham Classic. She is pictured after her victory in Birmingham

Barty recently climbed to number one after back-to-back wins at the French Open and the Birmingham Classic. She is pictured after her victory in Birmingham

& # 39; Wow, that's great & # 39 ;, said Williams, currently world number 11, the reporter.

& # 39; I think Ash, I don't know anyone who has anything negative to say about her. She is just the sweetest, cutest girl on tour. She's so nice.

& # 39; She has the most beautiful game, classic photo & # 39; s. I mean, she's doing everything right. Her technique is, like, flawless.

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& # 39; I'm clearly happy for her. Yes it's OK. It's good for her. & # 39;

Barty and Williams could meet in the quarterfinals, but Williams does not look that far ahead, let alone combine the record of 24 singles with 24 singles from Margaret Court.

& # 39; I can't think of records in grand slams, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; I just have to take a big blow and only think about the first game.

& # 39; If I get that, I'm thinking of the next game. If I am in the final, try to win once. That's kind of what I'm thinking of. & # 39;

Williams (photo) sang Barty's praise after silenceing her. She greeted Barty as a & # 39; really even & # 39; tennis player
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Williams (photo) sang Barty's praise after silenceing her. She greeted Barty as a & # 39; really even & # 39; tennis player

Williams (photo) sang Barty's praise after silenceing her. She greeted Barty as a & # 39; really even & # 39; tennis player

Barty and Williams could clash in the quarterfinals, provided that both players get through. She is depicted after her victory in the French Open

Barty and Williams could clash in the quarterfinals, provided that both players get through. She is depicted after her victory in the French Open

Barty and Williams could clash in the quarterfinals, provided that both players get through. She is depicted after her victory in the French Open

The American superstar endorsed Barty as a real opportunity to become Australia's first Wimbledon ankle champion since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.

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& # 39; She has a great game. I think she's really even, & Williams said.

& # 39; She's just very chill. I feel like she's so relaxed. She has also had a solid year. It is not only the French Open. I believe she won Miami. She has had a very good year.

& # 39; Yes, I think anything is possible. & # 39;

The Wimbledon tennis championships start on Monday July 1 and run until Sunday July 14, 2019.

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