Former world no.1 Venus Williams cracked down in tears when she was asked by reporters about a Florida car crash in which a man died. Former World Champion might face a death lawsuit from the family of the man. She has been accused of being at fault for the collision by the police.
She spoke to the reporters after beating Elise Mertens in the first round of Wimbledon. Williams said, “There are no words to describe how devastating [it is]. I’m completely speechless.”
She could not stop her tears and left the room to stabilize her emotions before returning to answer few other sets of questions on the match.
The 78 year old Jerome Barson died in the collision which took place on June 9. Williams said: “Tennis is still the love of my life. It gives me joy. In Life, you can’t prepare for everything. I prepared for a lot of matches, tried to get ready for whatever my opponent will throw at you, but you can’t prepare for everything.”
“I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. That’s all I can say about it. That’s what I’ve learned,” she said.
A rain delay halted the progress of the 37 year old after Mertens saved two match points.
21 year old Mertens was playing her first Wimbledon. She held and saved a further two match points before 5 time champion produced a remarkable shot to ensure a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 victory. This was William’s 20th appearance at Wimbledon.