Serena Williams is being called "classless" and "graceless" for her post-quarterfinal press conference. She is described as "sullen," "bitter" and "snarly." I say: So what? Not every player is a Jelena Jankovic, who can smile all the way through adversity, and not every player is a Justine Henin, whose responses are so robotic I can say them in my sleep. (When Andy Roddick is "sullen" and sarcastic, he doesn't get roundly criticized.) And the sports media isn't exactly a body of individuals who command respect at all times.
Would be it better if Williams could smile through it? Of course it would. Does not doing so make her "classless?" I don't think so.
But, having said that, I should add that I do have a problem with Williams' description of Henin's "lucky shots." Get real, Serena--she blew you off the court in the second set.