After an impressive show at Wimbledon in July where she reached the final, tennis ace Serena Williams suffered the worst career defeat at a tournament in San Jose where she faced a humiliating 6-1, 6-0 defeat to Britain’s Johanna Konta.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner’s loss came as a shock to her fans who were looking forward to another great show from the tennis great.
Now, Serena has revealed that she learnt about the man convicted for murdering her sister had been released on parole just minutes before her match with Johanna Konta.
Serena’s half-sister Yetunde Price was shot dead in 2003. On the charge of Yetunde’s murder, Robert Maxfield was jailed for 15 years in April 2006, but he was released on parole on the ground of good behaviour.
The 36-year-old athlete who attended the sentencing, told Time magazine, “I couldn’t shake it out of my mind. No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behaviour.”
Yetunde was 31 when she was shot dead in Compton, Los Angeles. Her children were 11, nine and five at the time.
“It’s unfair that she’ll never have an opportunity to hug me. It was hard because all I think about is her kids – what they meant to me and how much I love them.”
“I would like to practice what I preach, and teach Olympia (Serena’s daughter. I want to forgive. I have to get there. I’ll be there,” said Serena.