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Venus Williams of the United States looks on during her Women's Singles Match against Belgium's Elise Mertens on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Venus Williams became emotional when asked about a fatal car crash


Tennis star Venus Williams on Monday burst into tears when asked about a car crash she was involved in.

Williams’s June 9 accident reportedly resulted in the death of Jerome Barson, a 78-year-old Florida man.

“There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and – yeah,” she said at a press conference in London, according to ESPN.

“I’m completely speechless,” Williams added at the event, which occurred after her victory in the opening round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. “It’s just – yeah, I mean, I’m just…”

Multiple Twitter users on Monday expressed admiration for Williams amid controversy over her accident last month.

Williams, 37, ultimately left Monday’s press conference in London after quietly saying “maybe I should go.”

The professional athlete, who is competing in her 20th Wimbledon tournament, eventually returned and answered more media questions.

Williams defeated Belgium’s Elise Mertens earlier Monday in a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory in Wimbledon’s opening round.

The tennis star needed five match points to best Mertens and next plays China’s Wang Qiang this Wednesday in the competition’s second round.

Barson reportedly died 13 days after the crash last month, and his family has since opened a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams.

Police in Palm Beach Gardens, FL purportedly found Williams, who was not injured in the incident, at fault for the accident.

“I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident,” Williams said in a Facebook statement Friday.

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”

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