Ash Barty Keeps Sneaking Disney References Into Her Wimbledon Press Conferences
Ash Barty has either lost a bet, or is a major Disney fan.
The World No. 1 has been sneaking Disney references into her post-match press conferences.
Four days ago in her first Wimbledon post-match presser, the 23-year-old tennis star she "came into [the match] thinking like Hakuna Matata" -- a word that literally means "no trouble / problems" in Swahili, but is most widely known in the Western world as being a Lion King reference.
The next conference included a nod to Toy Story, a Pixar movie released by Disney.
"I chat to my niece over and over and she just tells me, 'You can go to infinity and beyond'," she said, quoting iconic character Buzz Lightyear.
The third conference -- after last night's match against Britain's Harriet Dart -- was an all-out tribute to The Little Mermaid.
"I think for me sometimes I look at a shot, I play a shot, I think the seaweed is always greener in someone else's lake," she said.
The ABC's Offsiders program noticed the trend, with host Kelli Underwood speculating it might be a dare.
"So not only is she absolutely dominating the media, she is taking the complete mick out of the press as well and I've only just realised," sports reporter Catherine Murphy joked.
Barty, who played professional cricket during a sabbatical from tennis, has also used her post-Wimbledon press conferences to correct reporters about the Ashes.
A reporter mentioned the women's Ashes series starting "at the end of the month", to which Barty replied: "It's already started. It's game two today."
It's a tale as old as time, really.
Barty is set to face off against American Alison Riske (ranked no. 55) on Monday, after smoking Dart 6-1, 6-3 in 53 minutes.
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