Serena Williams reveals what shook her before worst loss of career

Prior to her 6-1, 6-0 defeat to Johanna Konta in San Jose, Serena Williams discovered some shocking and emotional news.

Former world number one Serena Williams   -  Getty Images

Serena Williams has revealed the worst loss of her career, in last month's Silicon Valley Classic, came immediately after she had discovered the man convicted of killing her sister Yetunde Price had been released on parole, earlier, in the year.

Williams - who has returned to action in 2018 following the birth of her first child, Alexis Olympia - was beaten 6-1, 6-0 by Johanna Konta in San Jose on July 31.

A cover story interview for Time Magazine revealed Williams had received emotional news just before taking to the court.

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An extract from the interview reads: '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, nine and five at the time of the their mother's death. "It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me. And, how much I love them," she says.

Williams added: "No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behaviour. 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."