This article was previously published in Time.
After the moderator opened the floor for questions during her post-match press conference, Williams shut down comments from the first reporter called on, who dubbed her performance “scrappy” and full of unforced errors. “I think that’s a very negative thing to say,” she responded. “Are you serious?”
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The tennis superstar then went on to ask if he wanted to apologize, which he quickly did. “Thank you very much,” she said. “That was a great performance. I played well. She’s a former top-10 player. The last time we played together was the finals of a Grand Slam.”
This isn’t the first time Williams has been completely honest with reporters. During a press conference at the 2015 U.S. Open, she gave a flawlessly candid response when asked why she wasn’t smiling after her victory over sister Venus Williams.