'I Don't Want to Be Here:' Serena Williams Owns Reporter Who Asked Why She Wasn't Smiling After US Open Quarterfinals Win
The 33-year-old tennis star didn't look too happy after her U.S. Open quarterfinals win on Tuesday. And reporters definitely noticed
She’s the no. 1 ranked female tennis star in the game, and she’s just matches away from possibly securing a historical calendar Grand Slam. So why isn’t Serena Williams smiling?
“To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t want to be here. I just want to be in bed right now. I have to wake up early to practice,” Williams said through laughter in response to a reporter who asked why she wasn’t smiling after winning in the U.S. Open quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The press conference followed William’s match against her sister, Venus Williams, in which she triumphed in a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 win. In a clip from the conference (that has since gone viral) Williams is seen sitting in front of a slew of reporters looking quite sullen as media ask her questions she deemed redundant.
“I don’t want to answer any of these questions and you keep asking me the same questions,” Williams said. “It’s not really – you’re not making it super enjoyable for me.”
The room erupts in laughter after Williams’ comment, and the reporter is heard saying, “at least I made you laugh.”
Williams responded: “I’m just being honest.”
On Friday, Williams will face off against Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semifinals at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. If Williams is victorious, she will move one step closer to securing the historical calendar Grand Slam (a feat not accomplished since 1988).