After a commanding straight set win in Round 1 of the 2020 Australian Open, 23-time grand slam tennis champion Serena Williams had no trouble maintaining that intensity, as she full-on roasted a reporter during the post-match press conference.
The exchange occurred when the journalist/victim asked Serena to share her thoughts regarding Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's recent decision to partially step back from their duties as "Senior Members" of England's royal family.
She began with pure stoicism.
"Yeah, I have absolutely no comments on anything with that."
And after a brief pause, to a wave of hushed laughter across the room, she hit the reporter with some lighthearted condescension, grinning the entire time.
"But good try, good try, you did good."
See the live exchange below.
#SerenaWilliams shuts down question about royal drama surrounding #PrinceHarry and #MeghanMarkle: "Good Try" https://t.co/F9XTcTdFn8— ET Canada (@ET Canada)1579528709.0
Several Twitter users had only good things to say about the exchange.
@people Serena: Good try https://t.co/BoBkaRAZpS— Scooter Phoenix (@Scooter Phoenix)1579536888.0
@LellyNai IKR. She's a world class athlete and that's what he asks.— Una (@Una)1579575259.0
Some offered some more general thoughts about what fruits may come from the ongoing friendship between Williams & Markle.
odds meghan markle has a group chat with serena williams and beyonce where they clown kate middleton. id say 100— Steadman™ (@Steadman™)1579374021.0
The reporter evidently hoped to gain some info by tapping into the private convos Serena and Meghan likely have. The two, after all, have been friends for 10 years now, ever since meeting at a Super Bowl party back in 2010.
"Taking pictures, laughing through the flag football game we were both playing and chatting not about tennis or acting but about good old fashioned girly stuff."
Williams and her husband—and founder of Reddit—Alexis Ohanian even attended the royal wedding in 2018.
Serena Williams - with husband Alexis Ohanian - is the latest star to be spotted at St George's Chapel in Windsor… https://t.co/3VTXHD4JQY— ITV News (@ITV News)1526723983.0
And Markle returned the loyalty, taking a last-minute, commercial flight to Williams' match at the 2019 U.S. Open in New York City.
duchess meghan, venus williams, and anna wintour, all sat in serena's player's box. legends, only. 👑✨ #usopen https://t.co/phA9a6sGOy— maybe: diane (@maybe: diane)1567888624.0
With Meghan and Harry's new life decision, it's difficult to predict whether we'll see more or less Serena-Meghan content in the months and years to come. If it does happen, it'll undoubtedly be hard to miss, as those ladies appear to have captured some hearts along the way.