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Per CNN, living tennis legend Serena Williams (pictured) just decided to exfiltrate her latest quest for dominance on the court during this year’s Miami Open.
The 37-year-old sports icon cited injury as a reason for pulling out of this latest U.S.-based tennis tournament at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. In the opening round of the professional tourney, Williams scored a win against her opponent Rebecca Peterson.
But at her post-match press conference, the 23-time Grand Slam champion said she was not feeling like herself and cited illness as a reason.
“I wasn’t really happy with my performance. Had to take a lot of time off the last week, so I don’t know. Just going. It’s definitely not easy at all to have a bug. But I’m through it. That’s that. I just got to get my game back to where I know it can be,” she said, according to Tennis World USA.
After that, CNN’s report confirmed that Williams eventually withdrew from the Miami Open citing another physical ailment as a reason.
“I am disappointed to withdraw from the Miami Open due to a left knee injury. It was an amazing experience to play at the Hard Rock Stadium this year and would like to thank the Miami Open for putting on an amazing event,” Williams said, according to CNN.
“I hope to be back next year to play at this one-of-a-kind tournament in front of the incredible fans here in Miami,” she continued.
However, the recent statements Williams gave in an interview unrelated to sports news offered a different brand of sobering insight into her life.
In a sit down interview for a new digital talk show series from Ellen DeGeneres called DiversiTea, the most dominant female athlete in history talked primarily about gun violence and the empowerment of women. These are two issues she is personally passionate about.
In 2003, Williams and her sister Venus lost their elder sister Yetunde Price to gun violence. Williams candidly gave her feelings about gun violence and how it has particularly affected the black community.
“People are talking about it now because it’s happening more widespread. But it’s been affecting our community for years,” she said.
Previously, Williams has been very hesitant to talk about how Price’s tragic death has affected her, as well as her family. However, in a conversation with activist Naomi Wadler, Williams’ 12-year-old DiversiTea interviewer, the professional tennis player opens up more about the murder.
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