A tennis tournament in San Jose, California, resulted in legendary athlete Serena Williams’ heaviest defeat of her 23-year tennis career.
The 36-year-old lost to British No.1 Johanna Konta by 6-1, 6-0, marking the first time she suffered such a defeat without winning at least two matches. In only 53 minutes, Konta took the victory as her opponent suffered a shock loss shortly after finding out her sister’s murderer had been released.
According to Williams, she was going through Instagram during her break and found out the man who killed her elder half-sister, Yetunde Price, in a 2003 drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, was freed from prison on parole, which led to her not being able to focus on her match.
“I couldn't shake it out of my mind”, Williams told Time magazine. “It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me. And how much I love them”.
The 23-time grand slam singles champion commented on the loss by expressing her close bond with her deceased half-sister.
“I couldn’t shake it out of my mind. It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me. And how much I love them”, she said.
She further talked about her sister’s place in her heart and turning to the Bible.
“No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior. It’s unfair that she’ll never have an opportunity to hug me. The Bible talks about forgiveness”, added Williams.
After this comment, she was asked if she had forgiven her sister’s murderer. The tennis star said she hasn’t, because she’s “not there yet”.
“I would like to practice what I preach, and teach (her daughter) Olympia that as well. I want to forgive. I have to get there. I’ll be there”, she continued.
Konta was also asked to comment on her win, and she praised the tennis star for her place in sports.
"I tried to put aside the incredible champion she is and just play the player of the day. She obviously wasn't playing at her best level, nowhere near it, and I really just tried to play the match on my terms. I felt I did better than her on the day but it's still a humbling experience to be out here with her”, she said.
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