Serena Williams shuts down Meghan Markle question

Serena Williams had her eyes on the prize as she kicked off her latest Grand Slam bid at the 2020 Australian Open.

After winning her first round match on Jan. 20, the all-time tennis great sat down for her regular post-match press conference, where she was greeted by an off-topic question about her longtime friend, Meghan Markle, and the latter’s recent decision to step down as a senior member of the royal family and move to Canada.

“Your good friend, Meghan Markle, who attended your last two Slams, and Harry, have taken a move, a stance that many people think is extraordinary and historic,” a journalist asked Williams, who looked unamused by his line of questioning. “What are your feelings about that? Have you spoken to her?”

The 23-time Grand Slam champ was having none of it and promptly shut the question down.

“Yeah, I have absolutely no comments on anything with that,” she said, deadpan, before cracking a smile. “But good try. You tried. You did good.”

Serena has been friends with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, since the pair met at a Super Bowl party back in 2010. She attended Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May 2018 with her husband, Alexis Ohanian, and co-hosted a baby shower for Meghan with Amal Clooney in 2019. Meghan has also been an avid supporter of Williams, showing up to watch her play in the last two Wimbledon finals alongside sister-in-law Kate Middleton.

While she’s been game to answer questions about her friendship with Meghan in the past, the tennis star likely wanted to stay out of the fray when it came to Meghan and Harry’s controversial decision to step back from the royal family, no longer receive public funding and forgo their HRH royal titles.

Williams also has more pressing things to worry about: she is still on her quest to win her record-tying 24th major singles title.

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