Picture above: Murder victim Yetunde Price (left) the sister of Serena and Venus Williams. Right: Convicted murderer Robert Maxfield
Serena Williams was scrolling through Instagram about 10 minutes before her match against Johanna Konta at the Silicon Valley Classic when she realized that the killer of her older sister Yetunde Price had been set free from prison.
In an interview with Time Magazine, the 23-times Grand Slam Champion said she couldn’t shake it out of her mind as she suffered the worst defeat of her career against Konta, 6-1 6-0.
“It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me and how much I love them,” said Williams. Yetunde Price, Williams’ older half-sister was shot and killed by Robert Maxfield in Compton, Los Angeles. Maxfield was convicted of murder and sent to jail for 15 years in April 2006. Williams was at court during the sentencing. Price, 31 left three children behind aged 11, 9 and 5.
Williams said no matter what, her sister Yetunde Prices was not coming back for good behavior. “It is unfair that she will never have an opportunity to hug me.” The former world number one is a churchgoer and as a Christian, she believes and preaches about forgiveness but she not planning on forgiving Maxfield for taking her sister away from her.
She said she would like to practice what she preaches and teach her daughter (Olympia) about forgiveness.
I want to forgive. I have to get there. I will be there.
The queen of tennis made her much-anticipated return to the court earlier this year after the birth of her daughter. She shocked many when she reached the Wimbledon final after almost dying in childbirth complications a year ago.
It has been a tough 11 months for Williams. With age not on her side and the high demands of motherhood, the US Open which starts on August 27 in New York City is another chance for her to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam Titles.