Serena Williams had her eyes on the prize as she kicked off her latest grand slam bid at the 2020 Australian Open.
After winning her first round match on Monday, the all-time tennis great sat down for her regular post-match press conference, where she was greeted by an off-topic question about her longtime friend, Meghan Markle, and her recent decision to step down as a senior member of the royal family and move to Canada.
"Your good friend, Meghan Markle, who attended your last two slams, and Harry, have taken a move, a stance that many people think is extraordinary and historic," a journalist asked Williams, who looked unamused by his line of questioning. "What are your feelings about that? Have you spoken to her?"
A journalist asked Serena Williams about Meghan Markle and Serena’s response was EVERYTHING 😂
The 23-time grand slam champ was having none of it and promptly shut the question down.
"Yeah, I have absolutely no comments on anything with that," she said, deadpan, before cracking a smile. "But good try. You tried. You did good."
Serena has been friends with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, since the pair met at a Super Bowl party back in 2010. She attended Meghan and Harry's wedding in May 2018 with her husband, Alexis Ohanian, and co-hosted a baby shower for Meghan with Amal Clooney in 2019. Meghan has also been an avid supporter of Williams's, showing up to watch her play in the last two Wimbledon finals alongside sister-in-law Kate Middleton.
While she's been game to answer questions about her friendship with Meghan in the past, the tennis star likely wanted to stay out of the fray when it came to Meghan and Harry's controversial decision to step back from the royal family, no longer receive public funding and forgo their HRH royal titles.
She also has more pressing things to worry about: Serena Williams is still on her quest to win her record-tying 24th major singles title.
Serena Williams' buzziest outfits
Serena Williams' buzziest outfits
May 2019: Serena Williams' Met Gala look
The tennis legend at Met Gala co-host took the Met Gala red carpet alongside husband Alexis Ohanian wearing a neon yellow Versace gown adorned with pink and yellow leaves. However, it was Williams' footwear of choice -- OFF-WHITE Air Force 1s in the color of tennis balls -- that truly made the look memorable.
July 2019: Her Swarovski "Swoosh" brooch
All eyes were on Center Court as Serena Williams made her Wimbledon debut on July 2. In classic Serena fashion, her cut-out dress was untraditional, but it was the outfit's Nike "Swoosh" that really left Twitter reeling. The one-of-a-kind brooch was decked out in 34 gold Swarovski crystals, the number to represent Williams' age last time she won Wimbledon.
"Serena Williams' Nike swoosh (aka 'broosh') on her Wimbledon dress is made of 34 Swarovski crystals and that's the only reason I'm going to predict she wins it this year," wrote one Twitter user.
February 2011: A Swarovski-decorated leg cast
A foot injury isn't going to keep the tennis star away from the red carpet. Back in July 2010, Williams was forced to undergo foot surgery after cutting her foot on broken glass. She then turned her boot into a red carpet statement while making a Miami appearance.
“I decorated it myself with crystals. I am trying to make the best out of a bad situation. I hope to be out of the cast and back on the court by spring," she explained at the time.
September 2002: Bodysuit and $29,000 diamond bracelet
Williams' 2002 US Open appearance may have predicted the athlete's love affair with bodysuits. Her Puma creation (pre-Nike partnership) garnered international attention and began her streak as a sartorial force. Not to mention the $29,000 Harry Winston diamond bracelet wore with her outfit.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner made headlines last summer when she famously kicked off the French Open in a Nike catsuit, which was reportedly engineered to prevent further blood clots following a traumatic birth experience with daughter Alexis. The French Tennis Federation responded to Williams' by banning catsuits, a move that has been deemed both racist and misogynistic against Williams.
January 2019: Mint green bodysuit and fishnet stockings
The mother-of-one continued her streak of statement-making fashion at the Australian Open back in January in a Nike bodysuit and fishnet stockings, which became an instant with fans. Williams said after winning the match that her look was intended to inspire new moms.
“I came back. Nike always wants to make an incredibly strong, powerful statement for moms that are trying to get back and get fit. That was basically it for me," she explained.
August 2018: Lavender tutu
Williams made a triumphant return to the US Open for her second match in another Virgil Abloh-designed creation, this time a one-shoulder lavender tutu which she paired with a pair of fishnets, a matching headband and sneakers.
May 2018: The royal wedding
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian showed up in Windsor in their Saturday best to help celebrate pal Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry. With her blush Versace creation and matching fascinator, ranked high on the celeb-studded best-dressed list. Later that day, the star stepped into a stunning Valentino evening gown which she paired with sneakers.
September 2004: Denim skirt and bedazzled Nike top
For her first US Open tournament with Nike, the tennis star opted for a denim miniskirt and a black Nike crop top adorned with studs. Her look, she said, was influenced by Andre Agave and “watching him wearing jean shorts. "I always said, ‘One day, we’re going to have to bring back the jean short,’” she explained.
August 2014: Hot pink leopard dress
Williams was victorious in her first match at the US Open in 2014, and her outfit made the competition all the more memorable for spectators.