Serena's pain at release of half-sister's killer


Last Updated: 16/08/18 11:51pm

Serena Williams suffered the worst defeat of her career in San Jose against Johanna Konta

Serena Williams suffered the worst defeat of her career in San Jose against Johanna Konta

Serena Williams says she found out the man convicted of killing her half-sister had been released from prison minutes before her match against Johanna Konta earlier this month.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion suffered the worst defeat of her career, losing 6-1 6-0 to the British No 1 in the first round of the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.

Williams’ elder half-sister Yetunde Price was shot dead in 2003, with Robert Maxfield jailed for 15 years in April 2006. Maxfield was freed on parole three years early due to good behaviour.

“I couldn’t shake it out of my mind,” Williams told Time.

“It was hard because all I think about is her kids – what they meant to me and how much I love them.

“No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behaviour.”

Price had three children who were aged 11, nine and five when she died aged 31.

Williams added: “It’s unfair that she’ll never have an opportunity to hug me.

“I would like to practice what I preach, and teach Olympia [Williams’ daughter] that as well. I want to forgive. I have to get there. I’ll be there.”

Williams, who returned to tour earlier in the season after the birth of her first child, will bid for a seventh US Open singles title later this month but stressed, after her defeat to Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati, “this is a long comeback”.

“I’m trying to get a new vibe there,” she said. “But I’m not going in there thinking I’m going to lose. That’s not being Serena. That’s being someone else.”

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