In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Serena Williams revealed what happened moments before she took the court in San Jose, where she suffered the worst loss of her career — 6-1, 6-0 to Johanna Konta at the Silicon Valley Classic.
Williams was waiting in the players area, Time reported, when she took her phone and opened Instagram. Minutes leading up to her match, Williams found out the man who murdered her sister Yetunde Price, over a decade ago, had been released on parole earlier in the year.
“She was in a players’ area before her match in San Jose, with about 10 minutes until showtime, when she pulled out her phone and checked Instagram. There, she learned that the man convicted of fatally shooting her sister Yetunde Price, in 2003, had been released on parole earlier this year. “I couldn’t shake it out of my mind,” Serena says. She laughs, which she sometimes does during uncomfortable moments. Price had three children, who were 11, 9, and 5 at the time of the their mother’s death. “It was hard because all I think about is her kids,” she says, “and what they meant to me. And how much I love them.”
Williams added: “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. … I’m not there yet. I would like to practice what I preach, and teach Olympia that as well. I want to forgive. I have to get there. I’ll be there.”
Williams, a small stake owner in the Miami Dolphins, also shared her thoughts on the NFL’s blackballing of Colin Kaepernick.
The subject came up when talking about the reported discrepancies in drug testing, and rising to GOAT status in a sport that is predominantly white.
“I’m a black woman,” Williams said. “Women in general are not treated the same as men who’ve had the same amount of success. And then, being a black woman, doing something historically that’s never been done, it’s easy to feel like, ‘We’ve always picked on people of this color. So I’m O.K. to continue to do it.’”
Williams added she thinks black men have it even tougher, and with regards to Kaepernick, doubts any NFL team will hire him.
“Colin is happy with what he’s doing,” she said. “Some people are different. He’s just different.”
But if he does return to the league, Williams knows — like her — he’ll have a determination to succeed.
“He’d have so much to prove,” she says. “I would. I can’t imagine he would be any different. ‘Man, I’m about to show out. Y’all gonna see stuff you’ve never seen before.’”