Though she takes on Madison Keys for a place in the Semi-finals of the French Open, Australian Ash Barty is looking forward to getting some flavour of the cricket World Cup, which is taking place across England. Defending her title at the Nottingham Open next week, Barty defeated Konta and is looking forward to going to Nottingham, not just for tennis.
“I can’t wait, it’s one of my favourite stops. It will be my first week over in the UK and I love it,” Barty said. A former cricketer herself, she can’t wait to take in some action during the Cricket World Cup which is taking place across various stadiums in the UK.
“I think there’s a little bit of extra excitement because the Cricket World Cup is there so I’ll be absolutely glued to the TV,” said the 23-year-old. “There’s a couple of games at Trent Bridge (during the Nottingham Open), so hopefully I’ll be able to poke my head in and get a little bit of World Cup fever.
“I’ve never been (to Trent Bridge), but I would love to. Before, times have never worked out for me. It’s going to be a crazy two or three month period for Australia and England in particular, though I think the whole world will be glued to the World Cup and how it’s going to unfold”.
Speaking about her nation’s chances, Barty said, “In a World Cup, it’s hard to write the Aussies off, definitely a dark horse”.