Following her match against Czech player Lucie Safarova in the Australian Open last week, the first question Serena Williams was met with during her press conference included a critique of her gameplay. Though Williams handily won her match, besting Safarova in both sets played, the reporter noted some of her unforced errors and double faults, and called it a "scrappy performance." See how Williams responds to that in the video below.
In response to the reporter's critique, Serena Williams calmly called the statement "negative" and asked the man if he wanted to apologize for saying it.
I think that's a very negative thing to say. Are you serious? You should have been out there. That wasn't very kind. You should apologize. Do you want to apologize?
After the reporter apologized, Williams went on to say that she thought both herself and Lucie Safarova gave great performances, and explained that there may have been some errors in there due to the fact that she was giving her all to win.
Thank you very much. That was a great performance. I played well. She's a former Top 10 player. The last time we played together was in the finals of a Grand Slam. You know, it's not an easy match, and she's a really good player, so you have to go for more, which obviously makes a few more errors. So yeah, I think it was overall a really good match, on both of our ends.
As Serena Williams pointed out in her response, Lucie Safarova is not a player to underestimate. The last time Williams faced off against Safarova in a head-to-head match was in the 2015 French Open finals, which Williams won. But more recently, Williams and her sister Venus lost to Safarova and her partner Barbora Strycova in straight sets at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With her win over Safarova last week, Serena Williams is now in the quarter-finals for the Australian Open. Her sister Venus has already qualified for the semi-final round. If Williams goes home with the Australian Open trophy, it would be her twenty-third grand slam title, making her only one title away from matching Margaret Court's record 24 grand slam wins.
With all that success and a fresh win under her belt, it's no wonder Serena Williams was confused as to why she was being asked about her couple of errors. And let's not forget that Williams has an impressive history with shutting down annoying reporters. Or maybe she just wanted to hear the name of that Beyonce video she starred in again: "Sorry."