“People put me down because I didn’t look like them. I am stronger.”
“I’ve had people look passed me because of the color of my skin.”
“I’ve had people overlook me because I was a woman.”
Despite the incredible challenges she’s faced, Serena Williams has become one of the most dominant players in the history of women’s tennis. Traditionally a very private person, the world champion is giving us a rare look at her life, both on and off the court, in the new documentary Serena.
Directed by Ryan White and narrated by Serena, the film chronicles the athlete’s epic 2015 season and attempt to capture another Grand Slam title. The doc begins with her win at the Australian Open early in the year, and ends with the shocking and devastating loss to rival Roberta Vinci at the U.S. Open.
“It’s not a recap of Serena’s career,” the director said in an interview with the Washington Post. “What I hope is for tennis fans and non-tennis fans alike that it is a front row seat, like an all-access pass to the on-the-road, in-the-life for a year with one of the greatest champions of all time in any sport.”
If the trailer is any indication, the film appears to be as compelling and powerful as Serena herself.