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Venus Williams heartbroken over fatal Florida car crash

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US tennis star Venus Williams said she is "devastated and heartbroken" over the fatal car crash that the victim's family says will prompt them to file a wrongful death suit against her.

In a post on her Facebook page, Williams made her first public comments on the June 9 car crash in which police said she was "at fault". "I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident," Williams wrote. "My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers."

Williams, seeded 10th in her 20th Wimbledon appearance, is set to face Belgium's Elise Mertens in a first-round match on Monday.

Attorney Michael Steinger told ABC television on Friday that Barson's family will file a wrongful death suit over the incident in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Barson died two weeks later on June 22.

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