Sam Groth believes that his criticism over Serena Williams was not exaggerated. The American player had recently said in a press conference that she did not know that Ashleigh Barty had become world No. 1. Groth said: “You saw the footage and the way she reacted to the initial question.
This is 100 per cent my opinion and I’ll stand by it. If you’re an icon of your sport and you have the chance to pump up the future of the sport, the current world No.1... Whether Serena knew or not, that reaction and to call Ash ‘nice’ and ‘cute’; she has the chance to say Ash was a fantastic tennis player, she’s a great person for the sport, but she didn’t.
She called her ‘nice’ and ‘cute’ and didn’t acknowledge that she was the best player in the world, and I thought that honestly was pretty condescending." Serena Williams is in Wimbledon's quarter-finals, after defeating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2. She will now face Alison Riske for a place in the semifinals.