defeated Lucie Safarova with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 win in the second round of the 2017 Australian Open on Thursday, but one reporter wasn't giving her any props.
During a post-match press conference, one journalist referred to Williams' play as "scrappy," and asked the tennis legend to dwell on her 23 unforced errors instead of the fact that she had just triumphantly advanced into the third round.
"I think that's a very negative thing to say. Are you serious?" Williams said calmly.
"Just my observation," the reporter answered.
"Well, you should have been out there. That wasn't very kind," Williams said. "You should apologize. Do you want to apologize?"
"I do," the reporter admitted. "I'm sorry."
Williams accepted his apology before going on to patiently explain how tennis works.
"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," she said. "You know, it's not an easy match. She's a really good player. You have to go for more, which obviously means a few more errors. So, I think it was overall a really good match on both of our ends."
Next, Williams will face the 92nd-ranked Nicole Gibbs in a third round showdown set for Saturday.