Watch Venus William's Mic Drop Reply To Journalist

"No matter what you say or what you write, you'll never light a candle to me. So that's how I deal with it," said Venus Williams

Watch Venus William's Mic Drop Reply To Journalist

American star Venus Williams weighed in on Naomi Osaka's media row

American star Venus Williams said Tuesday she has never suffered at press conferences, telling French Open reporters: "I know every person asking me a question cannot play as well as me".

Williams was responding to Naomi Osaka's belief that post-match media inquests were harmful to her mental health and equated them to "kicking a person when they're down".

Osaka withdrew from Roland Garros on Monday.

But the 40-year-old Williams said she had her own defence mechanism, developed over a career which has yielded seven majors.

"For me personally how I deal with it was that I know every single person asking me a question can't play as well as I can and never will," she said.

"So no matter what you say or what you write, you'll never light a candle to me. So that's how I deal with it. But each person deals with it differently."

Footage her press conference received much praise on social media. The video has gone viral with more than 1.8 million views on Twitter.

Many hailed it as a mic drop moment.

Twitter users also dug out a throwback video of a young Venus Williams being interviewed.

Venus Williams, playing the French Open for the 24th time and a runner-up 19 years ago, saw her 89th Grand Slam end at the first hurdle Tuesday as Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova eased to a 6-3, 6-1 win.

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