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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?!"
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Venus handled it well though. She always knows what to say.
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Journalists are always like that. They ask the controversial questions to get a different reaction out of the players. Think nothing of it.
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Venus is a very eloquent speaker. The way she handled and stood up to that change court situation was amazing. She's 100% different from that cold, almost arrogant, but winning teenager back in 1998-1999. I like the way she handles her self out there with the media.
The media- they just don't like it when strong women stand up for them selves and try to find any thing to bring that person down. I like Venus's 'tude at this AO. She's not taking crap from the media, umpires, and tournament officials. She has a right to be clammy big babe ;-)
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How pushy was the journalist??
'I'm offering you the chance to say no,did you do it?'
Offering,like they're in control? It was a bloody rumour stop hassling the poor girl.

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That's weird. Is there an interview transcript where she says this? How can it be "believed" to be said? Weird. Either she said it or she did not.
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Who ever that interviewer is, I hope he gets fired. Can you give me the link to the article?
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The press were being quite antagonistic, pushing her buttons for a reaction, similar to the way they pushed Serena earlier this week about the remarks made by a commentator about Venus's butt. Both of them handled the situations very well, Serena using humour and Venus tactful deflection of the journalists quite rude questions.

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The transcript is available.....


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The transcript is available.....
Can you link to it please? Not this transcript where she was asked about it, but the original one (if there is one).
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Can you link to it please? Not this transcript where she was asked about it, but the original one (if there is one).

There is a thread in the middle of this page.
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Can you link to it please? Not this transcript where she was asked about it, but the original one (if there is one).
I was just LOLing @ Venus' choice of words in the interview posted above.


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I'm so happy Venus and Sania did not bow down to these fuckers. NEXT!!!!

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Menstennisforums posters are furious at Venus and Sania

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=116153
What a bunch of pressed ph@gs. *edit* No he didnt say Feminazi: http://www.menstennisforums.com/show...0&postcount=90


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Menstennisforums posters are furious at Venus and Sania

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=116153
I only read the first page, but it looks like the posters there are (at least on the first page ) are pretty fair about it.

I don't understand the reaction here to the interviewer who asked Venus about her purported comment(s). If she did say there was a bias toward her, then it is only normal to bring it out in the open and she should back it up (or possibly say she misspoke ), or if she didn't say that, then it is worth allowing her to make the statement that she said no such thing.

What I also don't understand is how there can be a comment that she is "believed" to have said. Was it "believed" to have been said in an interview that was recorded? Then there should be a transcript. Otherwise, how was "believed" to have been said?
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