QUEENS, N.Y.(PIX11)—American tennis star, Serena Williams --recently back in the States, after her gold medal triumph at the Olympics -- bristled at a question Saturday about her spontaneous "Crip Walk" dance in London, after she clinched the top honor in early August.
Williams was taking questions from reporters at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, as the 30-year-old sensation gets set to go for her 15th "Grand Slam" tennis title in the U.S. Open, which begins Monday.
"First of all, it's just a dance," Williams said. "You should be asking me questions to lift me up," she added.
Serena is the winning-est, active women's tennis player on the tour today; she won the Wimbledon title in July.
She's also one of the most controversial females in the sport, who has worked her way back to prominence, after a contentious U.S. Open match here in Queens in 2009.
Three years ago, in the U.S. Open semi-finals against Kim Clijsters, Williams was trailing 4-6; 5-6 and down 15-30 in a crucial game, when a lineswoman called a "foot fault" against Williams. Williams protested by threatening to shove a tennis ball down the woman's throat, and a tournament official proceeded to penalize Williams another point, which cost her the match. She was later ordered to pay a fine of more than $82,000.
Williams stayed away from Flushing in 2010, but returned last year, where she made it to the finals against Samantha Stosur. The Australian player defeated Williams, but Serena has come roaring back in the last year, playing great tennis.
She was gracious to reporters at Saturday's press availability, speaking of her admiration for fellow Olympians, Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas.
When told that Kim Clijsters -- who is retiring after this Open -- called her the "best player ever," Williams said, "I can't sit here and say I'm the best player ever. I'm not. I'm not worthy of that title," she added.
When I asked Williams who she thought was the best, she replied, "If you're going by titles, you have to go by that."
If we go by titles, the honor would go to the retired Steffi Graf, who has won 22 Slams.
Many would say Serena Williams deserves the compliment given to her by Clijsters.
She told us she never looks ahead in a tournament, and doesn't look at the draw. "I don't look at the draw ever," she said. "My dad says the only pressure you have is the pressure you put on yourself."
Edited Michelle Robinson