SHE starred on the court, advancing to the third round of the Australian Open, and Serena Williams was also in fine form after the match.
The world No.2, who made light work of the dangerous Lucie Safarova in their second-round clash, had a spring in her step after Thursday night's win.
And she wasn't about to be brought back down, telling a journalist he "wasn't very kind" for suggesting the champ had looked a little off at times throughout the night.
Here's the transcript of how the exchange played out:
Reporter: Looked a little bit of a scrappy performance. A few more unforced errors, a few double-faults.
SERENA WILLIAMS: I think that's a very negative thing to say. Are you serious?
Reporter: Just my observation.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, you should have been out there. That wasn't very kind. You should apologise. Do you want to apologise?
Reporter: I do. I'm sorry.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Thank you very much. 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.
After a tough opening to the Open, Williams is now well-placed to continue her charge through the draw.
And we think journalists will tread carefully when broaching the subject of her performance.
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