Reporter Bill Simons’ interview with the tennis star on Saturday, June 2, turned awkward.
Simons ultimately asked Williams a question that some deemed sexist: “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 Trumpon his L.A. golf course, and he said that Maria’s shoulders were incredibly alluring and then he came up with this 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 your thoughts about that occurrence?”
The 23-time Grand Slam champion was unshaken and resolute in her response. “I honestly don’t have any thoughts about that,” she told Simons. “I can’t say I have been intimidated by anyone. That’s all. That’s it.”
Williams was set to take on Sharapova, 31, in the French Open, but a pectoral injury forced her to withdraw from the match earlier this week. “I unfortunately have been having some issues with my pec muscle, and unfortunately it’s been getting worse to the point where right now I can’t actually serve,” the Olympic gold medalist said during a news conference on Monday, June 4. “It’s kind of hard to play when I can’t physically serve.”