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Serena Williams unnerved by early release of sister's killer

SHOCK NEWS: Serena Williams found out her sister's killer had been released on parole via Instagram

SERENA WILLIAMS has opened up about the heartbreak she suffered moments before losing in straight sets to Johanna Konta during the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.

Williams’ 6-1, 6-0 defeat was subject to considerable examination from critics and fans and now the 23-time grand slam winner has revealed the circumstances that surrounded her loss.

In an interview with Time Magazine, Williams revealed that she discovered her sister’s murderer had been released from prison on parole minutes before she stepped out on to the court.

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

Williams sister Yetunde Price was fatally shot in 2003. She left behind three children, aged just 11, nine and five at the time of her death.

The tennis champ and mother-of-one was confronted with the news when she checked her Instagram prior to her match. Robert Maxfield, the man who shot Price and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for her murder, has been released three years prior to the end of his sentence as a result of good behaviour.

“No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior,” she told Time.

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

Williams admitted that she is not yet at the point where she has forgiven her sister’s killer but suggested it was something she was working towards.

“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,” she said.

Kaepernick support
Williams, the owner of a stake in the Miami Dolphins, also shared her thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s NFL protest.

She said the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback “hasn’t lost his joy” and that he is “happy with what he’s doing”.

Williams, a supporter of NFL players’ right to protest, told Time that she didn’t think an NFL team would hire him but that she believed he would win a Super Bowl if given the chance.

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