Former world number one Serena Williams suffered her career’s worst loss to British player Johanna Konta just a few weeks ago. The 36-year-old lost 6-1 6-0 in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic, much to the shock of tennis experts and Serena fans worldwide. After all, Serena nearly losing with a double bagel is not something one would associate with the 23-grand slam-winning champ. But there was a reason – painful, bitter and aggrieved reason. It was Serena Williams’ half-sister Yetunde Price’s killer Robert Maxfield. In a heart-breaking interview with Time magazine, mum-of-one revealed how the news of his oldest sister’s murderer getting parole left her so disturbed that she could not shake it off during the match against Konta. Serena Williams Opens About Struggling with Post-Partum Emotions & Not Doing Enough for Her Baby.
All-time tennis great Serena Williams is gracing the cover of the August issue of Time Magazine. While she is standing tall as the powerful cover star, it is her startling revelation, deep and dark secrets that would leave you speechless. Serena spoke about her eldest of five sisters, Yetunde Price who was a victim of drive-by-shooting in 2003. Her murder was Southside Crips gang member Robert Edward Maxfield, who was sentenced to 15 years but was recently released on good behaviour. Serena spoke how she came to know of Maxfield’s release ten minutes before her match with Johanna Konta.
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An emotional Serena told Time magazine, 'No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behaviour.' The mum-of-one went on saying, 'It's unfair that she'll never have an opportunity to hug me.' The heartache of knowing her dear sister’s murder was roaming free proved to be too much of distraction for Serena who went on to lose to Konta. 'I couldn't shake it out of my mind,' she told Time, adding that it was 'hard'. Williams said, 'All I think about is her kids,' adding 'and what they meant to me. And how much I love them.' Serena Williams Sizzles in Black Monokini on Harper's Bazaar UK Cover, a Day After Slaying in a Catsuit at French Open 2018 (See Picture).
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Serena also spoke about how The Bible talks about forgiveness, but she is not there yet. She said, ‘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.’ Serena Williams gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in 2017 and has earlier spoke about suffering from "postpartum emotions".
Murder of Yetunde Price, Elder Sister of Venus and Serena Williams
Yetunde Price was the oldest of the five daughters of Oracene Price. She was not only elder sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams but was also their manager on WTA tour. A registered nurse and owner of a beauty salon was shot on September 14, 2003, in Compton, a city in Los Angeles County, California, that is known for its history of gang violence. The mother-of-three was with her boyfriend (intended target) when their SUV was attacked. 31-year-old Yetunde was shot in the head and died immediately. Her killer Robert was sentenced to 15 years in April 2006 by Judge Steven Suzukawa, but now he is out on parole.