Was Serena Williams’ interaction with reporters heated? Alexis Ohanian reacts

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Monday, March 12th, 2018 | 0

Well-known American journalist Ben Rothenberg came under the scanner for labelling Serena Williams’ interaction with media  ‘heated’.

Williams, playing her first match since the maternity leave, dispatched off Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas 7-5 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Parisbas Open in Indian Wells over the weekend.

During the post-match interaction, however, Williams was asked about Prednisolone – a banned substance she used during the 2015 French Open. According to YardBarker.com, she evaded punishment as she received Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for being sick.

Visibly caught off the guard, Williams asked the reporter to “speak up so that everyone can hear.”

Rothenberg later took to Twitter to publish quotes from the interaction, labelling it ‘heated’, which didn’t go down well with users.

“More like ‘cool, calm, and collected exchange’”, replied Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian.

Former tennis star Andy Roddick too concurred. “Calling this heated is pure clickbait ….  I’m not sure how to forcefully defend yourself while still keeping an element of respect better than she did here. @BenRothenberg I’m guessing you’d be “intense” as well if someone questioned your integrity. You should be better,” he tweeted.

“You’re right, heated definitely wasn’t the right word. Intense, but not heated,” Rotherberg agreed.








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