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Serena Williams in Tears at Her Sister’s Murder: I Cried All the Time


In a rare interview, tennis star Serena Williams burst into tears when she talked about her sister’s murder in 2003. “I cried all through the movie,” she said of the new film about her family, which also includes the murder.


Following the biopic about the Williams family, King Richard, Serena Williams was a guest on Will Smith’s talk show on Facebook with her family. The film shows how the now 40-year-old Serena and sister Venus grew into two of the best tennis players of all time. At the centre is their father Richard, who is regarded as the architect of success.

The most tragic chapter in the film is the murder of Yetunde Price Williams, sister of Venus and Serena. Yetunde, then 31, was shot and killed in 2003 while in her car with her fiancé. She became an innocent victim of gang violence in infamous Compton. The perpetrator, Robert Maxfield, was released from prison in 2018 after 12 years of incarceration.

During the interview, that chapter provoked strong reactions from the Williams family. Serena couldn’t stand it, and tears ran down her cheeks. “I cried all through the movie whenever he was in it,” she said afterwards. “I still have a hard time thinking about it.”

A little later in the interview, Serena also did not shy away from other difficult topics. For example, it was about the hoopla at the Indian Wells tournament in 2001, when the Russian Elena Dementieva accused her father of influencing his daughters’ matches. The crowd turned against her when she beat Kim Clijsters in the final. “It still gives me anxiety attacks,” Serena said. “When I went back there in 2015 after 14 years, it was still traumatizing.”

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