Um … what?

Serena Williams shuts down sexist reporter who suggested she was intimidated by Maria Sharapova’s shoulders

Serena Williams of the U.S. is interviewed after winning her first round match against Czech Republic's Kristyna Pliskova (REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

Serena Williams is arguably the best athlete on the planet, but even she has to endure stupid, sexist questions from time to time. As Yahoo reports, an interview with Bill Simons of Inside Tennis recently devolved into a flagrantly sexist conversation in which Simons called Williams “baby” and went on to ask her opinion about a bizarre theory reportedly put forth by Donald Trump.

You can read a transcript of the exchange Below. By Sunday night, Simons apologized.

There is a lot to unpack, not least of which is why on earth Simons would sit on this question for a decade before posing it to a woman who can’t even remember how many Grand Slams she’s won. And just for the record, Sharapova’s shoulders do not seem to have ever thrown Williams off her game; she is 19-2 against Sharapova with 18 straight victories, as the Big Lead points out.

Adding insult to injury, the image that initially ran with Simons’ story crops out her face, leaving her backside in frame.

But of course, Williams proved capable of handling Simons. “I can’t say I have been intimidated by anyone” was the perfect way to shut down his question. And late on Sunday night, Simons posted the following apology on Twitter.

Read the full story at Yahoo.


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