Watch: He Tried It! Serena Williams Made a Disrespectful Reporter Apologize for Calling Her Win 'Scrappy'

Serena Williams

Watch: He Tried It! Serena Williams Made a Disrespectful Reporter Apologize for Calling Her Win 'Scrappy'

The tennis queen broke down exactly why she had a strong performance in her second-round Australian Open victory.

Published January 20, 2017

It's amazing to think that Serena Williams has been dominating tennis for nearly 20 years and there are still those who try to undermine her greatness by slinging disrespect her way.

Case in point — after defeating Lucie Safarova in straight sets during the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday, Williams's performance was dubbed "scrappy" by a reporter.

Serena wasn't feeling the description at all, telling the male journalist, "I think that's a very negative thing to say" and asking if he's serious, before suggesting that he apologizes, which he did. 

He tried it ... and Serena made sure he failed. 

Lesson learned — put some respect on the tennis queen's name and game!

Here's how she got him all the way together in just a few seconds.

  1. To Undermine Serena's Greatness Is A Big Mistake
    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19:  Serena Williams of the United States in good spirits in her second round match against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic  on day four of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    We mean ... she won her first Grand Slam singles championship at the age of 17 and is still reigning over the sport today.

  2. After All, She Has 22 Grand Slam Singles Titles To Her Name
    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10:  (EDITORS NOTE: This image has ben retouched.) (EDITORIAL USE ONLY - NO COMMERCIAL USAGE)  Wimbledon ladies singles Tennis Champion Serena Williams of the United States poses with the trophy at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2016 at the Guild Hall on July 10, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Bob Martin/AELTC/Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Bob Martin/AELTC/Pool/Getty Images)

    Those 22 Grand Slam singles titles are the most in the open era for women and men. Two more Grand Slam singles championships and she'll tie Margaret Court's 24 for the most all-time. If that's not undisputed greatness, we don't know what is. 

  3. She Also Owns The Most Grand Slam Single Match Victories
    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Serena Williams of the United States reacts against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during her Women's Singles Semifinal Match on Day Eleven of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    In addition to those 22 Grand Slam singles titles, Serena owns the most major match wins in tennis history among both women and men.

  4. That Being Said, A Reporter Still Decided To Call Her Second-Round Australian open Win a 'Scrappy Performance'
    Serena Williams puts journalist in his place  | Australian Open 2017

    You wouldn't call a Michael Jordan or Usain Bolt performance "scrappy," would you? Yet, that's the two-syllable word that one reporter chose to describe Williams defeating Lucie Safarova ... in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. How Sway!? How is that "scrappy"? A straight-sets victory sounds pretty comfortable to us. We might have understood "scrappy" being used to describe Serena's performance if her opponent pushed her to a third set, but not when she cruised.

  5. Serena Proceeded To Get Him All The Way Together, First Pointing Out How Negative The Comment Was
    Serena Williams puts journalist in his place  | Australian Open 2017

    The first step for Serena to teach this reporter the error of his ways was to let him know that his comments were "negative" and that Safarova is a "former top 10 player."

  6. She Strongly Suggested That He Apologize
    Serena Williams puts journalist in his place  | Australian Open 2017

    Then, she had to serve him this epic apology suggestion. "You should have been out there," Williams told him. "That wasn't very kind. I think you should apologize. Do you want to apologize?"

    His response? "I do. I'm sorry."


  7. After Accepting His Apology, Serena Made Sure To Clarify That Her Performance Was 'Great'

    And for good measure, she made sure he realized that she put forth a "great" performance.

    [Elbow nudge to the reporter] Straight sets wins are usually great, my guy.

  8. And Her Loyal Fans Loved Her For It

    What's there not to love about Serena?

  9. Watch Serena's Entire Graceful Shutdown Of This Reporter

    All hail the Queen!

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


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