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It is still painful for Serena to remember her sister's death

Serena Williams Opens Up About The Sudden Passing Of Her Sister

Take a walk in the Williams’ sisters shoes, and you’ll find that defying the odds lives in their very soles. Dominating the courts since the mid-90s, these two sisters have come up from nothing to spike it to the world as power incarnate.

 

 

It is still painful for Serena to remember her sister's death

 

While serving up their fierce volleys has dumbfounded us for years, it’s the strength Serena showed off the clay that has truly silenced everyone. The tennis icon has taken some tough shots over the years, but the one she’ll never forget was a blow no one could have ever seen coming.

 

 

It’s almost impossible to think of Serena without thinking of Venus. Tennis is almost synonymous with the Williams sisters after all. But Serena also had another sister… one that many people have never even heard of before.

 

It is still painful for Serena to remember her sister's death

 

Yetunde Price was an older half-sister to Venus and Serena. They all grew up together in Compton, California, and were extremely close. She even acted as a personal assistant to her sisters as their careers first took off.

 

 

But one day, Yetunde was driving through her neighborhood in Compton when a bullet from an AK-47 suddenly ended her life. She was 31-years-old and a mother of three.

 

 

It is still painful for Serena to remember her sister's death

DiversiTea with Naomi Wadler featuring Serena Williams
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The death of Yetunde was obviously extremely traumatic for the whole family. Both of the tennis star sisters found it nearly impossible to keep their heads in the game. After a loss like that, what was the point?

 

 

Serena Williams Opens Up About The Sudden Passing Of Her Sister

 

It took all the strength Serena had to collect herself and carry on after Yetunde was gone. Because everything was so raw, the Williams’ stayed pretty quiet about the incident, but recently, Serena decided to make one exception.

 

 

She agreed to an interview that was part of a new series on Ellen Degeneres’ EllenTube channel. The show, called DiversiTea, hosts many celebrities and people of import who are using their fame to spread awareness about important issues.

 

But perhaps what makes the show most special is its host. Naomi Wadler is a 12-year-old activist of Jewish and Ethiopian heritage who, at her young age, has already done some really big stuff.

 

In March of 2018, Naomi delivered a speech at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. Her powerful address was especially noteworthy as it finally brought intersectionality into the conversation on gun violence.

 

 

So it was only fitting that she kick-off her first episode of Diversitea confronting the topic that made her famous. And her first guest, Serena Williams, did have an experience with gun violence that hit very close to home.

 

 

Naomi, who is no stranger to the difficulty of this topic, asked Serena why she thinks it’s important to talk about gun violence. Clearly, this is a huge point of pain, so why open it up again? Why go back to that dark place?

 

 

Serena didn’t hesitate for a moment before answering that “we need to start being more comfortable having uncomfortable conversations.” No amount of talking will ever bring her sister back, but it might save someone else’s sister.

 

It is still painful for Serena to remember her sister’s death. “Yetunde and I were so close; she changed my diapers,” Serena said. Still, the whole family has been adamant about not letting her passing be in vain.

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