Tennis legend Serena Williams has praised her long-time friend Meghan Markle’s strength for speaking her truth in the Oprah interview that caused waves worldwide.

She appeared on The Shine Series, which is a program of virtual conversations with celebrities about life, career and family with shoe company Stuart Weitzman.

“Meghan is a great person and I think the epitome of strength, the epitome of confidence, the epitome of just selflessness, and the epitome of everything is just her and everything that she’s gone through,” Williams said. “And I know it’s not easy, and you can see from the interview that it wasn’t easy. But she had so much poise and she still had so much class,” she said.

“I just think that she is the strongest person I know. I don’t know anyone else that could handle everything on such a global scale the way that she’s had to handle things that are just untrue, minute after minute. Not even day after day, just minute after minute, another untrue allegation being thrown at her.”

Williams also touched on why she released a statement right after the Oprah interview.”I think it was important for me to say something because I’m tired of sitting back and seeing all this negativity that’s just not true.”

The pair’s friendship is widely known as the athlete attended Markle’s wedding as well as co-hosting her baby shower for Archie in 2019.