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It turns out 14-year-old Venus Williams was just as confident in her tennis skills as present day Venus Williams—and rightfully so. By the age of 12, the future Olympic gold medalist had already served her way to a 63–0 record on the United States Tennis Association junior tour and was ranked in first place among the under-12 players in Southern California.

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So when a journalist questioned a 14-year-old Venus Williams’s confidence in a video interview, her father Richard Williams stepped in.

“I know I can beat her…I’m very confident,” a smiling Venus William told the reporter of an upcoming match, to which the reporter asked, “You say it so easily. Why?”

Venus Williams was ready to defend herself, beginning to say “Cause I believe it,” when her father steps into frame, unwilling to tolerate a reporter’s doubt of his daughter’s prowess.

“You’ve got to understand that you’re dealing with [the] image of a 14-year-old child. And this child is gonna be out there playing when your old ass and me are gonna be in the grave.” See the full clip below.

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