Venus Williams wipes away tears at Wimbledon over fatal crash

Venus Williams shook her head and wiped away tears at a news conference at Wimbledon Monday when asked about a fatal crash police said was her fault.

RELATED: Venus Williams in Palm Beach Gardens crash resulting in man’s death

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 03: Venus Williams of the United States plays a backhand during the Ladies Singles first round match against Elise Mertens of Belgium on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Williams was on hand to field questions about her 6-4 win over Elise Mertens in the opening round at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London, when a reporter asked about the crash.

“There really are no words to describe, like, how devastating…” Williams trailed off. “I’m completely speechless.”

RELATED: Venus Williams crash: What caused ‘other traffic’ at intersection?

She shook her head and wiped away tears before leaving the media room, the video posted by ESPN shows.

Palm Beach Gardens police say Williams, 37, was at-fault in the crash at the intersection of Northlake Boulevard and BallenIsles Drive on the afternoon of June 9. Williams told police she was leaving the Steeplechase community and crossing Northlake to go to BallenIsles, where she has a home, when traffic forced her to stop and block a lane.

Linda Barson, then 67, was driving west on Northlake Boulevard and told police she proceeded through a green light. She said Williams cut in front of her, and she was unable to avoid crashing into Williams’ 2010 Toyota Sequoia, according to the crash report.

Barson’s husband Jerome suffered head injuries and was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he died on June 22.

Firefighters and police respond to a June 9, 2017, crash involving tennis star Venus Williams at Northlake Boulevard and BallenIsles Drive in Palm Beach Gardens. Linda and Jerome Barson, who were in a Hyundai Accent, were involved in the crash. Jerome Barson died two weeks later. Photo Provided By Barson Family

Williams, who was uninjured, and the Barsons were all wearing seat belts, according to police. The news of the crash emerged on the gossip website TMZ last week.

This is Williams’ 20th Wimbledon. Her next match is Wednesday against Wang Qiang.

Gardens’ Serena Williams talks stardom, Beyoncé’s “Sorry” video

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Serena Williams attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for WTA Tour )
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Serena Williams attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for WTA Tour )

Tennis extraordinaire and Palm Beach Gardens resident Serena Williams has graced the cover of the Wall Street Journal’s July/August magazine.

Sports columnist Jason Gay talked with Williams at her home here about everything from what she would do if she wasn’t a celebrity to her cameo as a dancer for the Beyoncé hit “Sorry.” Read his story, “The Incomparable Serena Williams,” here.

Richters on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach outfitted Williams with jewels she’s wearing in the photo spread that accompanies the story. Williams and sister Venus both attended fashion school, and Serena Williams plays an active role in her own fashion line that sells on the Home Shopping Network, according to the Journal story.

Williams also appeared on the cover of Glamour magazine’s July issue.

“Serena,” a documentary about her life, dropped June 22 on Epix.