Less than impressed: Serena Williams. Photo: Getty Images Serena Williams cruised to a second-round win over Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh in the Australian Open on Wednesday, but was left frustrated by an Italian reporter bent on reminding her on her loss to Roberta Vinci in 2015.
Vinci ruined William’s calendar year Grand Slam (winning all four majors) aspirations at the US open with a remarkable upset in the semi-finals in September.
The Italian reporter began his line of questioning saying, “Serena I don’t want to remind you of your nightmare, but Roberta Vinci is the only Italian still left in the draw…”
Williams answered the question but grew visibly frustrated as the questions around Vinci went on, with a USA Today report describing her as “clearly annoyed” by the end of the press conference.
His final question drew a sarcastic response from Williams.
Reporter: “If you don’t throw me an arrow with your eyes, another question on Vinci, which is — this is the last one, I promise: Verdasco last night said that he had seen his match 10 times, the one he played seven years ago against Nadal. He keeps watching it. Roberta said she saw her match with you, against you, five times. I want to know if you ever saw it again or you didn’t want to see it or you saw it?”
Williams: “Yeah, I watch it every day. Every night to get ready.”
Williams then ended the press conference after being asked about her sister Venus skipping her own press conference after her first round exit at the hands of Johanna Konta.
“I don’t know. If you want to, you can ask her. Yeah, I don’t know. I wasn’t here,” Williams said.
“In fact, I was watching Telenovela. I’m coming apart, though. Do we have any more questions?”
Williams will next face world No. 69 Daria Kasatkina after the young Russian defeated Croatian Ana Konjuh 6-4 6-3.
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