Venus Williams power packed serve made news for different reasons off court thanks to a social media post by none other than the granddaddy of tennis...RF.
US ninth seed Venus, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and two-time US Open winner, downed 95th-ranked Maria Sakkari 6-3, 6-4 to reach the round of 16 on the New York hardcourts.
During a press conference following the match she decided to avoid all questions regarding her sister giving birth to a baby girl..."I'm definitely available to answer questions about tennis," Venus said. "That's all right now."
Another highlight during Venus' match was her powerful serve that left a ball boy in quite a bit of pain. Funnily, Roger Federer decided make the boy famous on social media by sharing a gif of the incident.
When Venus took the podium after the match, a moderator reinforced her desire not to talk about the baby, saying "Tennis questions, please," and later, "Let's keep it tennis focused."
After a few sporty inquiries, another attempt at baby comments asked whether the infant has a two-handed backhand or enough depth on her forehand yet.
"Oh, my gosh," Venus said. "That's hilarious."
Venus did reveal she spoke with Serena before the match, although giving away none of the conversation details.
"We always talk. She's always encouraging me, from every step of the way, every match, always," Venus said.
"I talked to her before this match, too. She didn't have any specific advice about this match but more motivational."
(With inputs from AFP)