Serena Williams, intimidated by Maria's 'supermodel' looks? Nah fam!
While international media still seem stuck on calling Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova "rivals" despite the stats and fans evidently disagreeing, an Inside Tennis interview rubbed Serena's fans the wrong way.
The magazine’s publisher and editor, Bill Simons, interviewed Serena over the weekend and in what many has called a "cringe worthy" interview, Bill asked Serena a question that had fans shook.
According to Today, after calling Serena "baby", Bill asked the champion if she was intimidated by Maria Sharapova's "supermodel good looks".
"I have been waiting about 14 years to ask you this question.
"After the 2004 Wimbledon match with Maria, I had the opportunity to interview Donald Trump on his LA golf course, and he said that Maria’s shoulders were incredibly alluring and then he came up with his incredible analysis: that you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks. My question is: Have you ever been intimidated by anyone on a tennis court, and what are you thoughts about that occurrence?"
*Take a moment to re-ignite your outrage, we understand*
However, Serena wouldn't be dragged down to that level so she gave a brief and precise answer.
"I honestly don’t have any thoughts about that. I can’t say I have been intimidated by anyone. That’s all. That’s it."
The manner in which he asked the question has been dubbed chauvinistic by many and the question itself sexist.
See the transcript below:
Bill has since apologised but the world is still losing its mind.
I apologize if my awkward ques seemed 2 empower Trump or attack Serena/I SO admire her/I've spent lifetime fighting racism/sexism/homophobia.Started campaign 2 name US Open Stad 4 Ashe/Lobbied long 2 get Serena 2 return to I. Wells/Called out police violence vs Blake/I'm so sorry— INSIDE TENNIS (@BillSimons1) June 4, 2018