Serena Williams was blindsided with devastating news last month just minutes before enduring the most lopsided defeat of her career.
The tennis star revealed to Time, in an interview for a feature published Thursday, that she learned about 10 minutes before her match against Johanna Konta at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic that the man who killed her sister Yetunde Price had been paroled.
“I couldn’t shake it out of my mind,” Williams told the publication.
She lost 6-1, 6-0 to Konta in 52 minutes in that July 31 match. She said in her post-match interview: “I have so many things on my mind; I don’t have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn’t at my best right now. When I was out there, I was fighting. That’s the only thing I can say.”
Williams told Time she was checking Instagram on her phone in a players area just before the match and saw that Robert E. Maxfield had been paroled three years short of his full sentence earlier in the year. Maxfield was convicted of fatally shooting Price, 31, a mother of three, in 2003.
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Source: EUR Web