What would tennis be without Serena Williams? Moreover, what would Serena Williams be without tennis? Well, it’s easy to say that tennis would probably be markedly less exciting without Williams’ formidable and capable presence, and in my opinion, it’s even easier to say that Williams is still an amazing, driven and inspirational woman outside her tennis career; she’s doing so much more than tennis these days, and she is still coming out on top.
But a new HBO documentary, Being Serena, is set to examine Williams’ life and the major changes it has undergone in the last couple of years, because there has been so much, and it has indeed rerouted Williams’ trajectory, personally and professionally, in a number of ways. Getting married, becoming a mother, venturing into new business endeavors and, yes, staying on top of her sporting career have all come into Williams’ purview in a very short amount of time. So, it’s understandable that when we see Williams in the Being Serena trailer, she is noticeably contemplative about her life in the present day as she tries to figure out her new place in the world.
“I put so much pressure on myself,” Williams says in a voice-over as we watch her train in the gym, consult on her foundation and snuggle up with her daughter, Olympia Alexis Ohanian Jr.
“I want to make sure I’m the best. I don’t know if there’s anything left for me in tennis,” she states, looking directly into the camera. “But I’m not done yet.” And there it is: that empire-building mindset of Williams’ that has gotten her where she is in 2018 comes right on through at the end of the teaser.
It’s that determined “I’m not done yet” that reminds us Williams is still dedicated to her career, even if the time is quickly approaching when she’ll no longer able to play tennis. She’s too busy raising her beautiful daughter with husband Alexis Ohanian, working on various charitable endeavors (like the work she does at the Serena Williams Foundation) and doing things like appearing in various public-speaking engagements (like that time she sat down to chat with SheKnows in 2017).
Williams isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and Being Serena makes that clear. Instead, it looks like we’re going to be treated to a deeper look at the woman and the creative, ambitious drive that powers her toward new personal and professional highs. We’re going to see a woman singularly dedicated to redefining herself with each new milestone achieved and new role acquired. We’re really going to see Serena Williams, and that, my friends, is truly exciting.