Serena Williams is a champion of many things, including swerving awkward interview questions.
On Monday, after Williams defeated Anastasia Potapova in the Australian Open - in what was the tennis star's 350th Grand Slam match win - the athlete was asked by an interviewer whether she had spoken to her good friend Meghan Markle since she and Prince Harry announced that they would no longer continue in their roles as 'senior royals'.
'Yeah,' Williams replied, getting straight to the point. 'I have absolutely no comments on anything with that.
'But good try. You tried. You did good,' the star laughed.
The Duchess of Sussex and Williams have been friends for years, long before the 38-year-old and Prince Harry's royal wedding, which the sports star attended with her Reddit co-founder husband Alexis Ohanian.
After relocating to the UK, Meghan has continued to support her friend when she can. Last year, the Duchess attended a surprise match at Wimbledon with college friends, William's SW19 final for the second year in a row with Kate Middleton, and even flew to New York to catch the athlete in the US Open final last September.
While Williams understandably kept quiet on her friend's recent royal decision on Monday - as Meghan and Harry's extended stay in Canada, title changes and discontinued receipt of public funding continues to dominate global headlines - the 38-year-old has always praised Meghan in interviews.
Speaking about Meghan attendance at Wimbledon to watch her play last July, Williams told reporters: 'She couldn't be a better friend to me. Low moments, high moments, she's always there and that's all I want to be to her.'
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