Serene shut down a reporter who called her performance “scrappy” even though she had just beaten Lucie Safarova in straight sets during second round of the Australian Open.
The incident occurred during a post-match press conference, in which the reported questioned her game.
“Congrats on the win but, um, it looked a little bit of a scrappy performance. A few more unforced errors, a few double faults,” he said.
Serena responded “I think that’s a very negative thing to say,” “Are you serious?”
He returned saying it was just his observation, but Serena gracefully put him in his place by instructing him to apologize.
“Well, you should have been out there. That wasn’t very kind. You should apologize. Do you want to apologize?”
The stunned reporter quickly did as told, he apologized.
“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. You know, it’s not an easy match. She’s a really good player. 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.