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SportWimbledon 2019: Sam Groth slammed for spicy Serena Williams-Ash Barty hot take

05:51  04 july  2019
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Former Australian tennis player Sam Groth is getting hammered online for a fiery opinion piece he penned attacking Serena Williams.

Groth, who retired from the sport in 2017, took exception to the fact that Williams didn't know Barty had climbed to the top of the WTA rankings.

Writing in the Herald Sun, the 31-year-old - who reached a career-high ranking of 53 - called 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams a disgrace.

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"As one of the biggest names in tennis, what Serena said was pretty shi**y," Groth wrote.

"Claiming she didn’t know Ash was number one — I don’t care if it was a genuine error or not. In fact if it was genuine it’s actually worse.

"You’re the one of the most recognisable athletes on the planet and you can’t tell me who the number one player in your sport is? It’s disgraceful and not a good look for your sport."

Groth was also offended by the compliments Williams gave Barty when she was asked about the Aussie rising to world number one.

"Everyone wants to pump Ash up and rightly so but Serena going on about how nice she thinks Ash is? Her remarks were derogatory," he wrote.

"Talking about Ash as a nice person — which she is of course — but she’s the best tennis player in the world and you didn’t know it.

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"She gave her no credit for the achievement."

Groth continued, saying Williams hadn't done anything to grow the sport.

The column was met with instant derision from tennis fans around the world.

Other commenters hated the fact that Groth felt like he needed to stand up for Barty.

There were even tennis fans who started to turn on Barty because of Groth's comments.

Barty and Williams will both be back on court overnight for their second round Wimbledon matches.

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