Venus accused of claiming racism
Q. There's a story in one of the local papers this morning saying that when you were approached about changing the match, you said that if that happened you would see that as being racist. Did you say that?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Was I quoted as saying that in the paper?
Q. No. It said you were believed to say that.
VENUS WILLIAMS: Okay, so, you know, any credible writer I don't think would come in here and ask me something like that. That's crazy, first of all. Second of all, you know, I am pleased that the matches went on as scheduled.
But, you know, all this hearsay, I don't deal with that.
Q. I'm offering you the chance to say no. Did you say it or not?
VENUS WILLIAMS: No.
Q. Being asked to consider putting your match on another court or postponing it in favor of the men's match, do you see that as a racist issue or sexist?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Just as I said the other day, I explained what the situation was. That transcript is available. But at this point, you know, I'm in the quarterfinals. I want to focus more or less on that. That was days ago.
What's with the attitude from the journalist? Why are they still on that? The journalists seem bitter about it and I think some of their fixation is founded in sexism: "Why did they let those women play on the court while Venus and Sania got to play their match as scheduled. Shouldn't Venus herself be outraged by this act of fairness?!"