By Ryan Velez
Tennis great Venus Williams recently just missed the mark of earning a third U.S. Open title earlier this year, but while she was out on the court, The Daily Mail reports that she was dealing with another loss—to the tune of over $400,000 when her house was robbed.
Burglars made off with a whopping $400,000 worth of property during the raid at her home in the posh Palm Beach Gardens area. The home itself is reportedly valued at $2.3 million.
The city's police department has confirmed an investigation is ongoing into the burglary, which occurred at an exclusive gated community between September 1 and 5. Part of the reason why they waited so long to come forth with the details is supposedly to keep her privacy intact.
"The department is not in the business of randomly releasing information on cases," Guillen wrote in an email to the AP. "Ms. Williams is a private citizen within our community and she will be extended the same privacy all our citizens expect." Something similar happened in June, when she was involved in a car crash that left a 78-year old man dead.
This took place two days after Williams lost in three sets to Sloane Stevens in the semi-finals, who would eventually go on to win it all. The two would duke it out for two hours and seven minutes, but Stevens, who is much younger than Williams, managed to overcome her. One small silver lining for Williams, who has seven singles grand slam titles to her name, is that this appearance earned her $920,000 in prize money, even though she didn’t make it to the finals. This is over double what was lost, but it’s unlikely that any prize money can fully replace the feeling of security lost when one’s home is robbed.
2017 marked a rough year professionally for Williams as well. Along with her loss to Stevens, Venus managed to make it to the finals of the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the WTA finals. However, she lost in straight sets at the final point of all three competitions. This included the worst of the defeats, to Danish player Caroline Wozniacki, who she had managed to beat the first seven times that they met.