Now, it appears she could not focus because of the knowledge that the murderer of her elder half-sister Yetunde Price, who was killed during a drive-by shooting in 2003 in Los Angeles, had just been let out of jail.
The 36-year-old, who welcomed a child only a few months ago and soon went back to begin playing professionally, spoke at length to writer Sean Gregory about her struggles on the court and also about her motherhood fears. "I'll be there", said Serena. "And how much I love them", Williams said.
"It's unfair that she'll never have an opportunity to hug me, she said".
The 23-times grand slam victor was knocked out of in the final at Wimbledon in July less than a year after giving birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian, her daughter with Alexis Ohanian, a venture capitalist. "I'm not there yet", she says.
"No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior", Williams said.
"I felt the decisions were taken through the angle of the family, where before every decision was taken through the angle of tennis", Mouratoglou told the magazine. She found out the devastating news on Instagram just minutes before she was set to play at the Rogers Cup, a preparation tournament for the U.S. Open.
On Balanced Life: "I still have to learn a balance of being there for her, and being there for me".
Tennis star Serena Williams lost 12 matches in 53 minutes with 7 double faults and 25 unforced errors, after finding out her half-sister's murderer has been released.
Serena Williams has admitted it was her male tennis coach who encouraged her to stop breastfeeding because he thought it was impacting her game.
"I'm not there yet", she adds on whether she has forgiven Maxfield.
She says she has not yet forgiven the killer. "I look to the right and said, 'Baby, are you all right?' I look at (Price) and there was blood everywhere".
The 36-year-old tennis star covers TIME's September issue and discusses the hard decision to sacrifice motherhood milestones in order to conquer the court.
"But I'm not going in there thinking I'm going to lose".
"I think it was a good match today".