Serena Williams received some disturbing news about 10 minutes before her opening-round match of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose last month.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion learned via Instagram that Robert E. Maxfield, the man who was convicted of fatally shooting her sister Yetunde Price, was out on parole three years short of serving his full 15-year sentence.
Williams then went out and lost her most lopsided match ever, 6-1, 6-0 to Johanna Konta of Great Britain.
“I couldn’t shake it out of my mind,” Williams told Time magazine in an interview that was published Thursday. “It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me....