Serena Williams revealed she agrees with her sister’s approach to handling the media amid the fallout following Naomi Osaka’s French Open withdrawal.
Osaka pulled out of the clay-court Grand Slam after a backlash to her plans for a media blackout, citing mental health struggles as the reason behind her decision.
A debate has followed over the role of press conferences in top-level sport and Venus Williams gave a humorously cutting response to how she approaches them.
‘Yeah, it’s definitely not easy to do press I think for any person,’ said Williams.
‘For me personally 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, so no matter what you say or what you write, you’ll never light a candle to me. So that’s how I deal with it.
‘But each person deals with it differently.’
Venus Williams returned the compliment, replying: ‘Love you P!nk goddess.’
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