Serena Williams was hailed as the greatest women’s tennis player ever on Saturday before reacting angrily to criticism of her exuberant Olympic celebrations.
Two days before the start of the U.S. Open, Williams was testy with reporters, agitated by repeated references to her post-match dance in London.
She claimed to be unaware of negative comments about the so-called Crip Walk she performed after winning the gold medal at the Games.
“I read zero press,” Williams said.
“That has been my policy since I was 17. I don’t know what was made too much of or whether it was too little. I think winning the Olympics was awesome for me and for the USA.
”I’m still kind of in the Olympic moment. I love the Olympics. I was just so proud of the final tally of gold medals that I contributed to. It was really awesome.“
The Crip Walk is a hip-hop dance made famous by Crip gang members in Compton, California, in the 1970s.
”First of all, it was just a dance,“ she said.
”I didn’t know that’s what it was called. Second, why are you asking me that? Like that’s so – I mean, if anything you should be trying to ask me questions to lift me up, not bring up such things. I’m done with that question.“