As Blavity previously reported, Williams' younger sister, Serena, spoke out in support of Osaka's decision to opt out of mandatory news conferences. Ultimately, the 23-year-old received a $15,000 fine for refusing to appear before the press and announced Monday that she would be withdrawing from the tournament.
During a post-match news conference following her loss to Russian tennis player Ekaterina Alexandrova, the 40-year-old made it abundantly clear how she copes with dealing with the press.
“For me personally, how I cope, how I deal with it, was that I know every single person asking me a question can’t play as well as I can and never will,” she said. “So no matter what you say, or what you write, you’ll never light a candle to me.”
“That’s how I deal with it. But each person deals with it differently,” she continued.