Venus Williams left tearful by car crash questions

The 37-year-old Venus is a five-time Wimbledon singles champion.

Story highlights

  • Venus Williams beats Elise Mertens (7-6, 6-4)
  • Leaves press conference in tears

(CNN)Facing questions from the media at Wimbledon about her involvement in a fatal car accident, a tearful Venus Williams said what has happened has been "devastating."

The 37-year-old Williams comfortably beat Belgian No. 1 Elise Mertens on Court 1 Monday -- winning 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 -- but was lost for words when asked about the crash.
A police report says that Venus Williams is responsible for the car accident earlier this month in Florida, which caused injuries to a 78-year-old man who later died.
    The Palm Beach Gardens Police report states the accident occurred on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens and the victim, Jerome Barson, was a passenger in a car that was driven by his wife, Linda Barson.
    The victim's family has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams, alleging negligence.
    After beating Mertens, Williams was repeatedly asked about the incident by the media and eventually became so emotional she began to cry.