Serena Williams is still traumatized by the 2001 incident in the Indian Wells tournament.
Russian tennis player Elena Dementieva accused Williams’ father Richard of manipulating the 2001 competition. When the comment appeared, it caused Venus Williams – who suffered a knee injury during the tournament – to withdraw from his semi-final match against Serena a minute before it started.
That year, Serena advanced to the women’s singles final against Kim Clijsters. As Serena’s father and sister stepped into the stands to support her, the audience began to shout loudly.
In an interview with Will Smith’s “Red Table Talk,” released Wednesday, Serena revealed that she is still traumatized from this experience, even though she returned to the event in 2015 after a 14-year boycott.
“Talk about post-traumatic stress and mental anxiety,” Williams said. “I remember sitting in the bathroom and thinking,‘ Wait, I’m not going to go back. I just don’t think I should do this. What if they start teasing again? “It was really hard for me.”
Smith plays the father of Williams ’sisters in a future biography King Richard. Serena and Venus are the main producers of the project.
Although Serena won the Clijsters in three sets to win her second championship in Indian Wells, Serena said the anger from the spectators made her very emotional.
“It was so hard,” Serena said. “I will never forget to drive back, and [Williams’s sister] Yetunde was there, and I remember just stepping into the car and just yelling. I was at the gas station, not partying, and I just cried and cried and cried. “
Venus was also present in an interview with Smith. While neither of Williams ’siblings have announced when they will compete next time they were both away at the 2021 U.S. Open due to injuries, fans can expect to see their exceptional story on the big screen.
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