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Venus Williams Gave An Epic Response About Dealing With Difficult Press Amid Naomi Osaka's Media Strike

The tennis player pretty much dropped the mic when explained how she copes with the media.

Venus Williams is yet another athlete telling their truth in the midst of Naomi Osaka's boycott on the French Open due to mental health reasons. 

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.

Fans on Twitter praised the 7-time Grand Slam tennis champion for her candor and for not holding anything back.   

Some referenced Williams' confidence when she was interviewed at 14 years old, making note that she's always been about that life.

"I know I can beat her...I'm very confident," a glowing Williams told an ABC News reporter of an upcoming match. 

The reporter questioned the young tennis player asking why she easily exudes so much confidence, but her father intervened and made sure the interviewer did not cast any doubt on his daughter. 

"You've got to understand that you're dealing with [the] image of a 14-year-old child. And this child is gonna be out there playing when your old ass and me are gonna be in the grave," Williams' father, Richard Williams, said. 

"When she say something, we done told you what’s happening. You’re dealing with a little Black kid, and let her be a kid. She done answered it with a lot of confidence. Leave that alone!” he concluded.

The tennis champion is slated to partner up and hit the court with 17-year-old Coco Gauff during the French Open on Wednesday, according to CBS Sports.

While this is the first time the two will play together in a doubles match, Gauff and Williams are no strangers to one another. Gauff beat Williams twice in the Grand Slam tournament, once in 2019 in Wimbledon and again in 2020 at the Australian Open. 

The rookie-veteran duo will face No.13 seeds Ellen Perez and Zheng Saisai in the first round.

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