35 Burst results for "Serena"

Apple's New Movie 'Emancipation' Is Oscar Gold

AJ Benza: Fame is a Bitch

02:17 min | 2 months ago

Apple's New Movie 'Emancipation' Is Oscar Gold

"Apple held first showing Saturday for the big movie coming out with Will Smith called Emancipation Antoine fuqua, directing it, stars Will Smith as an enslaved man who recovered from a really bad whipping that nearly killed him. And then he had to go brave through the swamps of Louisiana, armed with only his wits to escape these cold blooded slave hunters and be free. So both he and fuqua made their first public comments about the film in this follow-up discussion they had for the black caucus foundation's legislative conference in Washington D.C., there's no date yet, but this is the most solid indication that the film is going to arrive for award season and it's going to be a real rough one for Will Smith after he lost his mind and smacking Chris Rock because this is the kind of movie that gets a lot of Oscar attention. And it's been really it's been really been anticipated because Apple won the rights there was a record breaking auction and they won the rights to make it, it's the stuff Oscars are made of, you know? Playing Venus and Serena Williams father that's one thing. That's a lifetime movie. Playing a slave who went through this hell? It's so different. Back in 1863, the inspiration for this movie came when there were photographs taken of this slave named Peter. And he had just enjoined enslaved, he was just joined the Union Army to help him find his family. And the photographs was seen all over the world above his back being whipped and it just galvanized everybody against slavery as it being barbaric, of course. And they were those images were a symbolic beginning to like, we started seeing Emmett Till, you know, then he got Ronde king and of course lately got George Floyd, I mean, this slave, Peter. That's the man who should have four funerals and a hologram in the night sky. Not a crackhead ex con George Floyd.

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Roger Federer says he is retiring from professional tennis

AP News Radio

00:37 sec | 2 months ago

Roger Federer says he is retiring from professional tennis

"Days after the end of the U.S. open which is expected to be Serena Williams final tournament Roger Federer says he is retiring The 41 year old has won 20 Grand Slam titles but has not competed since 2021 when he lost in the Wimbledon quarterfinals and soon after had his third knee surgery in a year and a half Two months ago Federer said he hoped to play at the all England club one more time and that he returned to tournament play at the Swiss indoors in October but he is now tweeted his farewell event will be at next week's labor cup in London I'm Sagar Meghani

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Coco Gauff, 18, reaches US Open quarterfinals for 1st time

AP News Radio

00:35 sec | 3 months ago

Coco Gauff, 18, reaches US Open quarterfinals for 1st time

"Means defending champion and topsy Daniel Medvedev has been upset in the U.S. open fourth round by Nick curios the flamboyant Australian put on a shot making clinic that war Medvedev down and he moved into his first quarterfinal in New York 6 two in the fourth set coco golf also reached her first U.S. open quarterfinal nothing out of 7 5 7 5 victory over Zhang xue She next takes on Caroline Garcia of France after she stopped Alison risk amateur in straight sets Isla Tommy also reached the quarters following up her win over Serena Williams I'm Graham agar

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Serena's gone, Open must go on: Kvitova, Pegula set rematch

AP News Radio

00:37 sec | 3 months ago

Serena's gone, Open must go on: Kvitova, Pegula set rematch

"Men's second seed Rafael Nadal has posted his first straight sets win at the U.S. open this year moving comfortably past French veteran Richard Gasquet that on his way to a fourth round showdown with Francis tiafoe the hard hitting American advance of the final 16 for the third consecutive year in New York after a straight set upset over the 14th saint Diego Schwartzman Success also for American women's hopes Jessica pagola and Daniel Collins both reaching the open fourth round for the first time after solid winds They now join fellow Americans coco golf and Allison risk Armitage in the second week I'm Graham I gots

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Serena Williams loses to Tomljanovic in US Open farewell

AP News Radio

00:32 sec | 3 months ago

Serena Williams loses to Tomljanovic in US Open farewell

"A curtain has finally come down on the extraordinary career of the most dominant player in women's tennis at the age of 40 Serena Williams bowing out in the third round of the U.S. open fittingly though she fought right to the end not giving up for one minute of the three hour and 5 minute three set battle 29 year old Australian ela Tom lanova finally closed out the nail biting win 7 5 6 7 6 one securing it on her 6th match point as Williams refused to concede She leaves a game with 23 Grand Slam titles and a legacy that may never be matched I'm Graham agar

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Nadal hits nose with racket, tops Fognini | US Open updates

AP News Radio

00:35 sec | 3 months ago

Nadal hits nose with racket, tops Fognini | US Open updates

"American women's hopes Jessica bagula Danny oak Collins and Lauren Davis have all reached the U.S. open third round bakula and Collins through impressively and straight sets data so taking three before moving into a showdown with a top seat eager fun tech after her win over Sloane Stephens bad news for Serena and Venus Williams they fell in straight sets in the doubles first round Serena now free to concentrate solely on her swan song singles campaign And it means action to win for second seed Rafael Nadal who joins American hopes Francis tiafoe and Jensen brooksby in the third round I'm Graham agar's

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Leylah Fernandez, 2021 runner-up, loses | US Open updates

AP News Radio

00:36 sec | 3 months ago

Leylah Fernandez, 2021 runner-up, loses | US Open updates

"Serena Williams has done it again at the U.S. I've been postponing her departure from the game with another thrilling win the 6 time former champion at the age of 40 now into the third round I actually had to fight for two hours and 27 minutes before posting a nail biting 7 6 two 6 6 two upset win over the second seed and at cultivate despite playing just 6 matches all year Williams is producing remarkable tennis and she has a winnable match next time round taking on the 46th ranked Australian wins also for cocoa golf medicine keys and Allison risk amateurs I'm Graham agar's

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The latest in sports

AP News Radio

01:58 min | 3 months ago

The latest in sports

"AP sports I'm Josh rowntree in a battle of MVP candidates Shohei Ohtani and Aaron judge both went deep but it was Otani's angels that topped judges Yankees for three Judge in the loss went deep for a 50th time this season as New York's AL eastley dropped to 7 games Oh it's great but you know I'm kind of upset about the loss A close game that we could have won You know we had a couple opportunities but We'll talk about how it feels once the season's over with Currently in the playoff hunt the brewers rallied from two runs down in the 8th to beat Pittsburgh 7 5 kesten hero with a two run walk off home run in the 9th I think you know when you're almost kind of chasing for something it definitely kind of lets fire on your butt And that's definitely what you convinced you and persuade you to do a little bit extra And in Arizona the Diamondbacks rallied back from 7 zero down to beat the Phillies 13 7 It was a four RBI game for Carson Kelly in the win In tennis Serena Williams is not done yet More from the U.S. open from AP correspondent Graham agers Serena Williams has lived to fight another day at the U.S. open the 40 year old 6 time former champion lighting up the Arthur Ashe stadium with an impressive heart hitting first round victory of a 27 year old dunker covenant William showed some signs of nerves early in the match but in the end showed some very impressive touch for somebody's only played 5 matches all year closing out the victory 6 three 6 three taking an hour and 40 minutes The next hurdle in New York second seated Estonian and it cultivate And in the NFL the forty-niners and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo have reportedly agreed to a reduced contract to be the backup to Trey Lance this season Garoppolo's pay will go from a $24.2 million base salary to a 6.5 million fully guaranteed base salary with bonuses and incentives available according to those reports I'm Josh rowntree AP sports

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Serena Williams wins first-round match at U.S. Open

AP News Radio

00:35 sec | 3 months ago

Serena Williams wins first-round match at U.S. Open

"Serena Williams has lived to fight another day at the U.S. open the 40 year old 6 time former champion lighting up the Arthur Ashe stadium with an impressive hot hitting first round victory of a 27 year old dunker covenant William showed some signs of nerves early in the match but in the end showed some very impressive touch for somebody's only played 5 matches all year closing out the victory 6 three 6 three taking an hour and 40 minutes William says she will be evolving rather than retiring at the end of the championship the next hurdle in New York second seated Estonian and it cultivate I'm Graham agar's

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Serena's example: Tennis icon's impact felt in Black America

AP News Radio

00:49 sec | 3 months ago

Serena's example: Tennis icon's impact felt in Black America

"At a tennis tournament in Central Park in New York 13 year old as Sally a LeBron is one of the only black girls competing Honestly she's a very beautiful person She calls Serena Williams an inspiration People of color are always put down because of the way they look or some people's ideas think they can't do as much So putting Serena as a role model and all she's done is really good Tennis coach Joanna Rosario says through all the adversity Serena Williams has prevailed Her being an African American her like coming up from literally nothing and becoming something that's an inspiration for all of us Rosario says she understands Williams need to focus on family And have just the capacity to take whatever is thrown at her Like that's something that you can use in your everyday life It's raining Williams first pro match was at the age of 14 She's now 40 and has won 23 Grand Slam titles I'm Ed Donahue

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The latest in sports

AP News Radio

02:00 min | 3 months ago

The latest in sports

"AP sports on Bruce Morton a pair of tight races in the national league in the central division St. Louis began Tuesday with a two game lead over the brewers The Cardinals beat Colorado 5 four in order to keep pace Milwaukee needed to defeat the Dodgers Chuck Freeman tells the story The floundering brewers blew a late lead but then rallied from a one run deficit in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat the Dodgers 5 to four Victor caratini delivered a one out bloop single the score of the tying and winning runs then after the brewers loaded the bases against Dodgers closer Craig kimbrel Meanwhile the braves pulled it within three and a half games of the mets and the east with a 5 nothing decision behind a 12 strikeout performance from Charlie Morton First baseman met Olsen says Atlanta is helping itself by taking the first two games of this series It's good to come out and get these first two Obviously we got a couple good arms coming up these next two and it won't get any easier for the braves as they still have to face Jacob de Grom and Max Scherzer Other national league winners were the Phillies Marlins cubs and giants In the American League the Yankees may lead the east but they lost for the tenth time in 12 starts when they were beaten by Tampa Bay three one raised manager Kevin cash likes how his club has won four straight including the last two in The Bronx Wins and this ballpark against this team they can elevate you a little bit make you feel that much better In another AL east game with playoff implications the Orioles won in Toronto four to two In the race for the American League's final wild card spot the O's trail the Jays by one half game The remaining junior circuit winners were the Red Sox White Sox tigers twins a's and M's Pro basketball the NBA will be idle on election day but all 30 teams will be playing on November 7th the night before the midterms Tennis at the western and southern open Serena Williams lost in straight sets to U.S. open champ Emma Bruce Martin AP sports

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Serena Williams says she is 'evolving away from tennis'

AP News Radio

00:55 sec | 4 months ago

Serena Williams says she is 'evolving away from tennis'

"Serena Williams says she is ready to step away from tennis Williams told Vogue magazine she doesn't like the word retirement but wants to focus on having another child and her business interest Williams is playing this week in Toronto at a hardcourt tournament and hence the upcoming U.S. open may be her last tournament I don't know I guess there's just a light at the tunnel What is that like I don't know I'm getting closer to the light A reporter said Williams must be joking I'm not joking Serena Williams is approaching her 41st birthday and is one more Grand Slam singles titles in the professional era than any other woman or man What does giving up tennis mean to her Freedom Yeah I love playing though It's like it's amazing but you know it's like I can't do this forever Serena Williams says she will relish these next few weeks I'm Ed Donahue

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The latest in sports news

AP News Radio

01:58 min | 4 months ago

The latest in sports news

"8 piece sports time David Schuster a light schedule in Major League Baseball action on Monday but the first place mets in the national league east they were in action and our Mike man Q fills us in The mets continued their winning ways with a 5 to one victory over the reds with 13 wins in their last 15 games the 71 and 39 mets lead the braves by 7 games in the national league east Chris Bassett tossed 8 innings for his 9th win Starling Marte a two run first inning Homer for the mets against Cincinnati's Justin Dunn who took the loss Over in Baltimore the red hot Orioles made it 6 wins in 7 games with a 7 four victory over Toronto four home runs for the Orioles including one by Austin Hayes We're going out expecting to win every game so I think we've been in this mindset now for the last couple months and we're just continuing to play good baseball Meanwhile out in Seattle the Yankees got back in the win column they snapped their 5 game losing skid They defeated the mirror nurse 9 to four and Philip gon fills us in on San Diego and San Francisco Alex would allow just three hits over 6 and a third innings as the San Francisco Giants as the San Diego Padres one to nothing The giant starter would out dual padre started Blake snow who allowed a run on 6 hits in 5 and two thirds innings The Padres have now lost 5 straight games and saw their lead over Milwaukee for the final playoff spot cut to just one game Pro basketball news Kevin Durant reiterated to Brooklyn Nets ownership that he wants to be traded and let's changes are made in the organization College football news Alabama Ohio State and Georgia They are the top three teams in the preseason coaches poll Meanwhile at Oklahoma assistant coach kale Gundy resigned after he was found to use repeated racially charged language and antennas Serena Williams still coming back from injury she won her first match in over a year at a tournament in Toronto I'm David Shuster AP sports

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Serena, Djokovic on US Open entry list - but might not play

AP News Radio

00:35 sec | 4 months ago

Serena, Djokovic on US Open entry list - but might not play

"Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are on the official U.S. open entry lists released Wednesday but there's no guarantee they'll play Injuries have limited Williams to just one match during the past year And that was a first round loss at Wimbledon last month She said after the match that she wasn't sure she'd play again But later added there's lots of motivation to get better and to play at home Djokovic still refuses to be vaccinated for COVID-19 preventing him from traveling to the U.S. as a non citizen The USTA says it doesn't have a vaccine mandate for players but will respect the government's position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non citizens I'm Dave

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Swiatek surpasses Serena's streak for 2nd French Open title

AP News Radio

00:42 sec | 6 months ago

Swiatek surpasses Serena's streak for 2nd French Open title

"Top ranking has captured the French Open for the second time since 2020 earning a 6 one 6 three win over American coco Goff It's so much different than after 2020 around Garros because right now I feel like I'm more ready to what's coming and I feel more prepared to be on tech continued an exceptional run that now features 35 straight match wins tying Venus Williams in 2000 as the longest in the century Goff was down four love in the blink of an eye and appeared nervous at the start Yes I'm some moments could have played better but she really didn't give me anything every time I thought I had a good ball It wasn't She broke serving the opening game of the second set and led two love before dropping her first Grand Slam appearance I'm Jane ferry

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Briahna Gray: There's a Way to Talk About Race That Is Superficial

The Charlie Kirk Show

02:17 min | 7 months ago

Briahna Gray: There's a Way to Talk About Race That Is Superficial

"But let me ask you a question, do you think the hyper focus of race in our national conversation detracts from having that kind of class based discussion? Sometimes. I think that there is a way to talk about race that is painfully superficial, and which focuses on the grievances of frankly elite minorities, more than the issues. I'm just curious. So for example, during the campaign cycle, there was a real spurt of attention directed toward the issue of the maternal maternal health gap. So the maternal mortality gap in the country means that black babies have really high mortality rates that are comparable, frankly, to some much less developed countries. The third world, sure. And people were concerned about that. And the story got highlighted in some part because Serena Williams had a very high risk pregnancy and almost died. She was complaining about pain and the doctors were ignoring her. And she ended up having some kind of deep vein from gross blood clot basically. I'm not a doctor. She has some kind of blood clot that if she hadn't really been forceful about it and gotten it checked out and if she weren't as powerful and rich and privileged as she is, she probably would have died like many women in this country do disproportionately black women in this country do die. And it's a real problem, right? As a progressive, my focus is to say, whatever the biggest determinant of an unequal health treatment in this country, a big one is that we have a two tiered system and people who are on our poverty program Medicaid tend to not be seen by high quality doctors. They tend to be ignored. They tend to move around a lot and not see the same physicians in a repeat basis. A lot of things that result in them having lower standards of care. And my solution would be to say, while I would love to sit here and give doctors diversity training and magically convince them and not be racist and pay more attention to Serena Williams or whatever. I don't really see that happening. And I don't really see that as the government's role, what we can do is make sure that everybody has a universal stained healthcare system so that doctors are disproportionately treating poor patients or stuff. But the thing about Serena Williams is to say, there are the kinds of issues that get talked about in mashable attention. Are those race issues that affect affluent black people? So in addition to everybody else, but affluent black

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How Richard Williams Kept Venus and Serena From the Streets

The Larry Elder Show

00:53 sec | 8 months ago

How Richard Williams Kept Venus and Serena From the Streets

Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock Following Joke About His Wife

Mike Gallagher Podcast

02:00 min | 9 months ago

Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock Following Joke About His Wife

"I can't even fit into a symbol. How much I care about the Academy Awards. I can't even begin to tell you how little I care about the Oscars. But last night, during the Academy Awards, Will Smith, who wound up winning best actor for his portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams father in a movie that I didn't even know existed, had no idea there's a movie about the Williams sisters, the tennis stars. I guess he played their dad. I don't know. I don't care. I don't really want to see movies. And I don't care. I was watching basketball. I was watching other things, didn't really care about the Oscars. But evidently, Chris Rock, the acerbic comic told a joke about Will Smith's wife and Will Smith jumped up on the stage, stormed the stage and reared back and smacked Chris Rock in the face. Do you care? I mean, I love how the other hosts get into this sort of parlor game who, who's right, who's wrong, he attacked his wife. Well, apparently it's not a very well kept secret that Will Smith and his wife have an open marriage. So evidently, their personal life is already a little unconventional, shall we say, and Will Smith allegedly takes it very personally when people criticize his wife because he feels like people are calling him a cuckold, which is, of course, a phrase that is like from, I don't know, Victorian England, you know, a cuckold but a man, I guess literally has other men sleep with his wife. And that's what being cuckolded would be. And Will Smith doesn't lie invited to call him that, even though they have this open road. I mean, I can't even believe I'm talking about this on a radio show because I don't care about Will

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

01:56 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"As a player. But it was just one of those really cool moments when I think back on it. Well, those little ones we chatted about back then are older now. As are we. Serena though is still in the hunt for Grand Slam number 24 and she'll be able to resume that quest in January. If she chooses to play in the Australian open. Whatever she decides, however many Grand Slam titles she will have claimed by the time she shoves the rackets into the back of the closet, we have a funny feeling that the ride isn't entirely over for Serena Williams. Not by a long shot, even though for this podcast, it is. On behalf of our entire team at diversion podcasts and iHeartRadio, Xena and I want to thank you for listening. And thank our guests for the time and insight they gave us. We hope you enjoyed this final episode of

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

07:56 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Birth via C section to daughter Olympia. My favorite moment was Serena. Is when I was in the hot, we were in the hospital because she was about to get birth to olympios the day before Olympia was born. So this had to be August 31st. And the night before, she was sucking on her own. We were all in the hospital. And they had like, you know, we had privacy. And there was this ball, you know, that they gave her to sit on to try to, you know, get her together, whatever. You know, the big balls, the, I don't know what they call them. And the therapists. Yeah, so she's sitting on a ball. She have, you know, being a popsicle, whatever. And we're just all talking, and my mom's talking about birth and stories of all 5 of us and all this other stuff. And Serena gets and you know, we were kind of singing 'cause we like to karaoke a lot. So we were all like singing and just, you know, chirping and sort of gets up and I was like, and I was recording. I was like, this is what you need to remember and I was recording for my phone. And she turns around and moons us. This pink hospital gown on. And like, you know, and she's like doing all this stuff. She's like, yeah, you know, I'm getting ready to bring my baby into the world and blah blah blah blah blah. And then she was like, dude, and it was just out of nowhere, so she was turning around. She was walking. And then she turns around. And I was like, oh my gosh. Are you serious, right now? You saw me recording. I can't even do this now. So it was so that's probably MM, you know, shortly after that, we got Olympia. So for sure, one of my best silly in those moments still having fun. Yeah. That is awesome. Now, how many people can claim the privilege of having been mooned by Serena Williams? It's just another example of the earthy fun loving side of Serena. The side that gets overlooked or buried in the avalanche of headlines about the goat. I think it would be appropriate to close this journey of our friend's favorite memories with another one related to Serena as a mother. Here's our friend and tennis great Pam shriver. My favorite Serena moment when I think back now to her last major win in singles when she beat Venus one more time in a major final and she was overjoyed and she sort of started to fall backwards and she fell back like a little more gently than what it normally would. And what I think back then realizing like a month or two later and then every time I see that replay because it was on ESPN, I realized, oh my gosh, she's falling gently because she knows she's like 5 weeks pregnant. And so even then her maternal instincts great champion one number 23 and then falls and then so that's one of my favorite that is a really good one. Love it. Well, the fun is almost over. Doing this podcast and especially this episode, the making of the goat's Serena has been a great ride. Fun, informative, interesting. We have our guest to thank for that. And all the people who worked so hard to put these episodes together. In keeping with the spirit of this episode, we thought it might be appropriate to close with favorite Serena moments from the three of us, tennis lifers, Xena Pete, and me. So here we go. Starting with Xena. I think the one for me actually was really recent that had the opportunity to spend 6 weeks with her. And getting the little text, hey, come over and watch some film. And it might sound weird, but hey, she's a goat. She's already done all of this and she's sitting down watching film with her and she literally breaks it down. That to me, you know, just all the things that I've known, but where she is now and she still wants to learn. I think it's probably one of those moments that I will always cherish and maybe she might not get it. Maybe she might get 24, but the biggest thing is she wants to still learn. For me, it's 2007 Australia can happen at 2007 Australian open and it's not like a really sexy favorite moment or anything like some of them have been, but you know, she won that tournament and at these tournaments they often did small group press conferences after the main press conference with the champion. So you get 5 or 6 journalists in a room with a player. Each of them gets one or two questions. And then that gives them a little something extra that nobody in a general press conference has had. So we're sitting in there and they put us in a really, really tiny room. In walks to have such a vivid memories is wearing like this cream colored dress. Nothing fancy, nothing glitzy, nothing glamorous, like really simple, you know, but almost like a country girl dress. And she snapped out she sat there right next to me. And so I'm sitting next to her at our arms and touching and I'm thinking, wow, this is pretty cool. I'm sitting here with Serena and Robin elbows literally. And you know, and it reminded me actually of a time I had one. I covered some boxing back in the day, and I was in Zaire for the Ali foreman fight. And I got to spend an afternoon with Muhammad Ali. And his training camp on the banks of the Zaire river. And through a contact I had. And it was so great because he was so relaxed. He was and Serena was the same way she was. And they're very similar in a way. You know, they both have that sort of fleshy body. You don't see a lot of definition or anything. And they both have this kind of big presence and your language. Next door, and you're like really relation, wow. I wish I could ever be that relaxed. The way they are. And you know, I just won't forget that moment. She was so nice, but a lovely conversation with these four or 5 people in her. And I just will always remember that. One of my favorite moments occurred at the Los Angeles WTA tournament in 2002, after I managed to get my one win against her in the quarterfinals. One of my favorite moments was, you know, after playing her in the Los Angeles tournament and then she hit with me the next morning. And after that warm up, she said, now go win the tournament. And I love that moment so much because it was so Serena. And she just said it like, matter of fact, was it a lot of fanfare? And I thought, yes, I should. Go with the tournament. So that for me was one of my favorite for sure one of my favorite Serena moments. And then there was one other after she came back from having her daughter and one of her first events was fed cup. And she just played doubles there. It was in Asheville. And I was there covering it for tennis channel and I did an interview with her. But before we kind of sat down for the interview, she had finished practicing and we were on the kind of on the sidelines, just chatting, and we started talking about our babies. Talking about the challenges of motherhood and feeding and the late nights and was she a good sleeper versus mine. And it was one of those really surreal conversations, especially, you know, having been on this court with each other, opposite each other, you know, so many times and singles and doubles, but to then be having a conversation off court about being a mom. I never could have imagined that

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

08:04 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Still weeks before Serena's great breakthrough at the U.S. open. It was the debut fed cup event for Venus and Serena. Like most people in those early days, in and out of the tennis establishment, Mary Jo didn't know what to expect of the sisters who were taking the game by storm. Rumors flew every which way about Richard Williams and his prodigy offspring, who had avoided following the familiar path to success in tennis. What Mary Jo found was a revelation. I think the first glimpse I got to know them and get some sort of sense and relationship with them was when we played on the same fed cup team in Italy. And it was Monica, Venus Serena myself. And I remember Serena specifically being a riot. Like, best sense of humor, cracking jokes at dinner. And you know, Monica and I were looking at each other like, oh wow, like super funny and super friendly. And then I remember Serena coming up to me and saying, wow, Monica's so nice. You know? So it just gave you an insight like everybody did their own saying, you know, and Monica did her thing on the tour and Venice and Serena had each other, which was nice for them. But they didn't mingle with anybody else. So all of a sudden you saw a little bit of a softer side and an interaction, which was amazing. So there I was like, oh, okay, she's funny. She's got it going with her sarcasm and her witness. But I would say that one of my favorite moments was playing pictionary. And I was on her team. And I don't remember exactly the details. I just remember that somehow some way she guessed whatever they were drawing without really knowing what they were drawing. And she looked at me after her, she goes, just go along with whatever I say. Okay, we got to win. We got to win. And I was like, you got it. We got this. You know, and I was like, oh my gosh, I can not believe how competitive she is. Mary Jo was just one of the people for whom the bond between the personal and the professional ultimately blurred and arc that others, like Serena's trainer, Mackie schil stone, also experienced. In an earlier episode, Mackie described how close the two had grown since 2007 when they started a strictly professional relationship. Eventually, in November of 2017, Serena and her fiance Alexis ohanian asked Mackie to officiate in New Orleans at their wedding. Mackie's favorite moment is a very simple, intimate one. Yeah, it happened recently. Actually, it was under Xena's tutelage. And by the way, I have to tell you, you know, I've worked with a lot of coaches, the zenith experience is known as zen ability to confer the game, but what is an intrinsic factor that no very few people have is the ability to capture the attention of the athlete. Much less the respect, but she wouldn't be there had she not had the respect. But the moment came when we were out running and doing our stuff and she pulls me over and she says, you know, I've never told you this. But I have to tell you, you treat me like your daughter. I have two sons, 33, and 30. And my wife doesn't have no daughters, two sons. But you know how to be hard on me at the right time. Wow. One of the wonderful things about Serena is that she is really open to and curious about all sorts of people who may be inside or outside the tennis orbit. She also has a lively sense of humor and appreciates a good prank as much as anyone. This was the superstar athlete who initiated the relationship with her husband when she invited him and utter stranger at a nearby table in a Roman hotel to join her entourage at their late breakfast. Not many people in the tennis media get to see that easygoing side of Serena. Or her naughty side players nowadays are very guarded in their interactions with media. But there are always exceptions. Serena has solid relationships with the number of people in the media, including a former pro and television analyst who was a guest on an earlier episode. Renee Stubbs she told us her favorite Serena story. But one story that is pretty funny is and this is an inside sort of thing for anybody to know. Obviously you guys know that I'm pretty good friends with her and you know from time to time we chat and talk about matches and match ups and people and you know Alexandra Tex here and there on somebody she would ask me like you said Xena, you know, I'm a bit of an almanac with players. And she put me in such a bind at the Olympics in London and I was doing the post match interview. And I went up to her and I asked her a question and then you know you guys know how I had an IFB and my ear to my producer and the truck. And they never talked to us when we're doing the interviews. They kind of like leave a speeder ask our questions. And I said ask her about this particular person and she said, well, you know, I've got this friend of mine who texts me some information. And I said, I'm looking at her and now it's gone from a two shot on the robot to one shot just on her, right? And I'm like, oh my God, she's talking about me clearly, right? And God, so I'm standing there. I'm starting to sweat because I don't want anybody to know that I've given her any information. And so I have now the microphone just on her. And of course, all of a sudden my producer in my ear, which never happened. All that me and says, you've got to ask her who she's talking about. I'm thinking, oh my God. So of course, I'm like, you know what? If NBC people are watching, that would be the follow-up question to ask, right? So I go, I look at her, I go, oh, you know, oh, who's the secret text messages from? And I'm like, and I look at her with this art. My eyes are the size of like watermelons. And I'm start shaking my head. Don't tell me. Don't say me, please. And I put the microphone back out to her and she goes, oh, no, I can't give you my secrets. You know, that's my mate and I blah blah blah. And then my producer jails in my ear. Is it Kobe? What rest Kobe saw? Because he was there that day watching Matt. Is it Gobi? And she no, no, I'm just, you know, I'm focused on why this and that. Anyway, we wrap up the interview. She starts walking off. She's cracking up. She turns around, it looks at me and says, they made you ask me who it was, didn't I? Yes, I said, don't ever put me in that situation. So Serena Lula's loves messing around with me in interviews. And puts me in these situations where she knows I'm gonna sweat. And it's like a little game that we have with each other and post match interviews. She's throwing me under the bus so many times and vice versa. It's almost cruel to ask a sibling to pick a favorite moment with her sister, but isha price, Serena's older sister, had little trouble. That's partly because the moment happened at wood would become an extremely challenging time for Serena. It was September of 2017, just days before Serena would give

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

02:33 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"This memory with us. I thought about this, and my moment is one that probably gets better. It's because she's become what she's become, but I remember Rick Macy, there was this game called two on two where Rick would be like at the net post and you'd have two teams of two, so doubles, but you inside the service box. And he would feed him low, high, and it was this quick kind of reaction game. And I remember the girls came over one time and it was like, there was a certain amount of thing where, you know, they kept to themselves, and they wouldn't come play with us hackers and, you know, it was a little bit of a, there's like this height mechanism where it's like, what are you doing? Do you haven't done anything? You know, at least like some of the best juniors in the world and they don't get the attention that the girls get. So there was all that to play. I remember this one guy kind of took one of the short hop, kind of flip it over, hit Serena like probably third point they came over. She just took it, and then like, four balls later, she had a sitter. She lit his ass up and got in his got in his grill. And I was like, oh, smoke. Like, they're tough too. They're not just like, oh my God. But it was like, imagine like 50 kids around this court, like everyone from the academy of that day and you know when you get like, you see it like the old and one video. Do you remember those? Where someone does some and everyone goes, oh. Snap. Let's change gears now and get away from the tennis court and move up through the years to the late 2000s when Serena was dating rapper and actor common. Common, who spoke about Serena with great warmth and admiration, shared his favorite moment which occurred

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

08:10 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Yeah, there was a lot of xeno love there, right? Look, well, I have a question for both of you guys. I know for me, I felt it was interesting. I felt like I knew a lot about Serena, but the perception of Serena, for me, changed even more, you know, greater or I was even more proud of her. How did the how did you guys perceive, how did you perceive her then and how do you perceive her now on the way that you feel after this podcast? You know, I think for me, Xena kind of playing during the time that Serena played. I mean, our careers overlapped a bit. We played each other. You know, it's a different viewpoint that I had, but to kind of see it almost from a bird's eye view a little bit, like stepping back and looking at it as a whole and just studying how she evolved and how her game evolved. You realize just she was human as well, all the things she had to go through during those periods. It's easy sometimes to look at the body of work and say, oh, it was just meant to be that they were just that great, but there were still each year things she had to go through, things she had to put in place, things she had to overcome. And, you know, for me, that was the interesting part of just looking at all of that as a whole and having a new appreciation for what she had accomplished. You know, I think one of the things I noticed throughout these episodes was the degree to which how much times has spent with Serena, how much she knew about the backgrounds and the behind the scenes. And I think people really picked up on that too, you know, what it reminds me of a little bit is one of my biggest takeaways from this experience has been Serena's loyalty. I mean, she has been remarkably loyal to the people who she's worked with been with and had, you know, even people she dated, she's still good friends with common. And so I think a point. You know, who is another one who, you know, the kind of loyalty that she breeds, really speaks very highly, I think. We had decided early on in the process that nothing appropriate would be off limits, knowing that it could put some of our guests like analyst Mary carillo or Serena's agent Jill smaller on the spot. That was one place where the background Xena and I share and our history with Serena was a real plus. Now, you know, there were a few of the controversies we touched on during the course of these episodes and, you know, we had to kind of delve into not only all the positives with some of the negatives or some of the things that were maybe challenges over the course of her career and I thought that made this podcast, I think, more interesting and more authentic. But I'm curious for both of you. How did you think our guest handled talking about some of these controversies? And even the questions we asked alluding to it. You know, it was interesting to me because no one was afraid to go into it or say what they felt in that time. And I go back to conversation with Mary, Mary was very direct, you know, when they had that incident with clysters at the U.S. open, she was not happy about part of it, but then the other part of she understood. And, you know, but then she came back and basically said, but the way I thought Serena would handle it one way, but then she came back and handled it. So I can respect her for that. So it was kind of interesting and everyone that we talked to seemed to not agree with everything, but they were like, you know, she stood her ground. And I think that's the way that we see Serena. And one thing I do know about her, if she has done something wrong, and she's holding ground, she'll figure it out and she'll come back and say, maybe I shouldn't have done that at that particular time, or I could have handled it in a different way. And that's all you can do in this day and age as well. What struck me about a lot of the stuff that we dealt with the controversies was, you know, kind of how nuanced the discussion was and that's not something you often got with Serena because in the heat of the moment when he sings happen. It was in there like Osaka got a raw deal or you know Serena got a raw deal and people were very dogmatic and had their heels dug in, but people like when we had a rock and Robertson, for instance, and her explanation of how it was very different, being there as opposed to watching it on television. Nobody gave sure any free pass on anything, but people did interpret and get into the nuances. This episode of the goat Serena continues after this. As we know, Serena recently turned 40. It's hard to believe, isn't it? We don't have to use generational tags like boomer or millennial, but it's pretty clear that Serena is a different generation from today's young fans and players. We asked ourselves if that would shape the way she is perceived. That discussion inevitably leads to questions about the impact of social media, something Xena has dealt with quite a bit, including when she was coaching Taylor Townsend. It's funny she ended because I had a couple of young players that I said make sure you follow the podcast because this is a great opportunity to learn about a goat, but all the ups and downs that she went through. And that she was able to come, but the biggest part is how resilient she was doing all of this. This is in any sport because it's literally about Serena to me is it's about life and like how she's had ups and downs but she's been the top player and it didn't matter and she went through this and she had depth in her family that the whole world seeing is still she still was able to come back. So if I have any young person, I would have them sit down and listen to this podcast. Well, that's if a piece with what you've been saying for quite a while so you know, a couple times I noticed during the episodes you would bring up something Serena told you about social media. You know, this has opened up a very, very big can of worms, I think. It's interesting because, you know, I said what I said about what Serena is like the next champion, you know, back then when she was telling me about how to handle Taylor, next champion will have to learn how to deal with social media and she was absolutely a 100% right. But I've also recently saw Roger Federer come out and also say, you know, back in his day, he didn't really have to deal with that, but he had to learn to manage it. And you know, we talk about Emma on the conduit. And literally the day after she won, the U.S. open, what I notice was immediately social media was like everything was like on it and she's hitting back right away. First of all, they're going to have to get that under control because she's out there. She's young. There's no way that she can really grasp what's happening to her right now. Yeah, and I think one of the challenges is that nothing is really as private. You know, you can't really go through these growth processes and trying to sort of trial and error and learning the way. I mean, it's going to take some real discipline and like you said, they have to manage this now. It is a part of just as much a part of what they are responsible for their sponsors and their off court commitments. One thing I think we see in these great champions, Serena, Roger Federer, it's their ability to adapt and to also understand what they need to do to maximize what their abilities are, you know, in a given situation. But it's something, as you said, Xena, I think, has to be managed and you've got to almost have a real discipline about how you handle your social media now. Well, you have to, it's just going to have to be

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

07:49 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Work being the goat. Just ask Tom Brady or Michael Jordan or LeBron James if that's your choice or Tiger Woods. But it's even harder work for Serena Williams. As suggested by the title of this episode, wife, mother, goat. Serena, who has more open era Grand Slam singles titles than any other player. Is functioning in a different environment than those other iconic athletes. The goat's world is largely a man's world and nowhere is that more conspicuous than in tennis. Let's face it high achievers who have supportive spouses and any number of children are common in big time sports. Most of them are men. That's been changing in recent years, but there are still relatively few active female tennis pros who are married with children. Even Venus Williams, Serena's sister is single as she writes the final pages of her legendary career. Not so Serena. Think about this. Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, the big four of men's tennis, are all married. All but Nadal have children. It's true for many other ATP players as well. But in the women's top ten in late 2021, only two were even married and none had children. In fact, the only mother besides Serena in the WTA top 50 is her familiar rival, Victoria Azarenka. There are various reasons for this, but the most significant 1 may be the simple factor of age. Emirati kanu, the current U.S. open champion, is just 18 years old. Bianca andreescu was just 19 when she won her maiden slam. Also at the U.S. open. Maria Sharapova was 17 when she won Wimbledon. The same age Serena was when she crafted her own Grand Slam breakthrough in New York. Women prose enter the hot zone of the pro game at a young age, and tend to wait until well into their careers to marry. And they often put off childbirth until after they are done. That helps account for why so many successful players call it quits at around the age of 30. Some even earlier. But Serena is not like most successful players. She decided that all obstacles and red flags notwithstanding, she would have a child while her legacy was not fully written. It still isn't. She's 40 years old and not done until we hear otherwise. In her late 30s, Serena still felt that she had unfinished business to conduct on the tennis court. Here's how Renee Stubbs, the television analyst and former double standout put it for us. Well, I think what displays China is the incredible tenacity and will of Serena because you have mentioned some amazingly great champions. I mean, she did stop playing when Steffi was still playing. They played a few times. You know, you think about that. You think about the fact that she was around during the Kim Clijsters Justine and up period. Emily mauresmo, the list was long, Jennifer Capriati. I mean, all the great champions that she played against that retired, they didn't want to keep going anymore because I don't think people understand how difficult it is day in and day out to physically put yourself through it and emotionally put yourself through it. And so at some point they were like, okay, I want to have a family. I want to move on with my life. I can't take this anymore. And Serena's still out there. So the specialty of someone like Serena doesn't come along very often. When you think about all the more, I mean, every all these great champions at one slams during her period of time, the Maria Sharapova's, they all, they're all done now, you know? And Serena's still putting herself on the line. And that shows you that the uniqueness of her greatness to go through. And there's probably ten more that we can mention that I can't think of at the top of my bed. So I think they pushed her to get better, and then they were like, okay. You know, that was my time and I want to move on where Serena kept wanting more and more and more and more. We don't think Serena just wanted more and more of the same old either. As Serena's good friend common said at the top of this episode, Serena wasn't focused on tennis alone. She was always bent on living life to the fullest. Even while keeping her tennis career on track. She found mister right in Alexis ohanian in Internet entrepreneur. They married in 2017 and in September that year, Serena gave birth to a daughter, Alexis Olympia, almost exclusively referred to by her middle name. It just feels right for Serena's daughter. Serena had significant and ultimately dangerous complications during and after her delivery. We'll talk about that a little later. But even if Olympia's birth had proved easy, the obstacles facing a mother hoping to compete at the highest level or formidable. Being a mother myself, I can attest to that. It's one reason I waited to have a child until my playing days were done. Mothers who have one majors comprise a small number. Right up there with the elite number that have completed the Grand Slam. Call them the mom's club. Margaret court became the first mother to win a Grand Slam in the open era when she defeated Yvonne Gulen at the 1973 Australian open. Ironically enough, the next player to join this select group was gula gong herself, 7 years later. She became the second mother to win a major and is still the only one to win Wimbledon. The third and last player to join the mom's club was Kim Clijsters. In addition to being a mom when she won the 2009 U.S. open, she was the first and remains the only female wild card to win a major. She won the U.S. open again in 2010 and added an Australian open title in 2011. Serena would like nothing better than to join this club. The bar was set fairly high for Serena, but that's rarely a problem for the goat. She was undoubtedly hurt by having to miss four major tournaments while pregnant and then recovering from a difficult childbirth. Despite the physical and emotional toll of her maternity, she returned to the tour at age 38 and proceeded to reach four Grand Slam finals. Up until 2018, Serena had lost consecutive major finals just once in her career. But starting at Wimbledon in 2018, she lost four straight. Her opponents mostly played very well, but that was Serena, on the other side of the net. She seemed to be feeling the pressure, self imposed, and otherwise, wanting to win for her daughter, while also chasing Margaret court's all time

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

07:39 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"And tennis history is divided into two different periods because the majors were for amateurs only until pros were allowed to compete in them in 1969. It was the change that led to tennis becoming a big time big money sport that attracts the very top athletes from most nations. So while Margaret court still leads Serena Williams by one major singles title, it's good to remember that court one half of her majors before 1969. It's a sizable asterisk I mentioned that only 5 people have completed a calendar year Grand Slam. Two men and three women. While Serena is not one of them. She had an excellent chance to record the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988, but she fell too matches short. That was in 2015, when she was beaten in three sets in the semifinals of the U.S. open by number 43 Roberta Vinci, who has never gone that deep in a tournament before or since. We'll delve a little deeper into that match later in the show with some help from Serena's coach, Patrick morada glue. But here's a little more about the majors. The thing that makes the Grand Slam so difficult is that each year, just two players, the male and female winners of the first major in Australia have a shot at doing it. The next best thing to a Grand Slam is holding all four majors at the same time. There's no official term for this feat, usually it's just referred to as a non calendar year Grand Slam. Or less formally, as the Martina slam or the Serena slam. It's also a rare feat. Leaving out the 5 who achieved calendar year slams, only four players since 1949 have held all four majors at the same time. Serena did it twice. One of the unique things about tennis is that the game's four most important events take place on three significantly different surfaces. The hard courts of the Australian and U.S. opens, which are basically cement with the rubberized paint coating. The French Open is played on clay and Wimbledon features grass. So winning slams on more than one surface is another great achievement. Winning each of the grand slams at least three times, also puts Serena on a level only Steffi Graf shares. Even icons Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova weren't able to accomplish that. We're going to do things a little differently in this episode. Our producers asked Xena and me if we would share our own thoughts on the majors, along with Serena's amazing record, which makes us guests on our own show. We both feel it would be remiss if we didn't lead off this celebration of Serena with our own memories of her very first major win at the U.S. open of 1999. Ladies and gentlemen, the 1990 9 U.S. open weapons singles champion. Serena Williams. You know, let's start with the U.S. open because that was Serena's first major title. And I think it stands out for a lot of us, certainly for me. And I think for you as well. But what do you remember about that U.S. open in 1999? Well, first of all, that little yellow puma dress I mean like she just looks so adobo with her braids and cornrows and then she had the little beads on the end of it. But you know, 1999, I never forget I was watching it on television and then she made it to the finals and I was like, I gotta be there. Because of the history part and I remember walking through the airport and people were like Xena, you're going to watch Serena yeah, tell her to go, go, go, you know, just it was just so much excitement. You know, just to see a young fresh face and the fact that this was an African and African American young tennis player that she had that intensity and she was just, you know, she had that oomph. It was actually amazing to sit there and watch her. Well, when you think about the players that she beat, Grand Slam champions, future Grand Slam champions, future Hall of Famers, you know, four or 5 of them. It was crazy. All the people she beat. During that run, yeah, amazing. And it was also interesting because we had been looking at Venus to win first. She was actually before Serena. And we kind of expected Venus to maybe make more of a run, but then it was completely turned around when Serena got that title. You remember that hoodie? She had the hoodie overhead. But I was kind of I don't know how you felt. I was trying to figure out I was like, how is Venus feeling? Because she was supposed to be the first. So it was kind of strange, but then I had this thing in the back of me thinking, well, Serena definitely going to win because nobody beating two Williams back to back. What did you think, Tinder? I remember kind of seeing that vision. You're talking about Venus sitting watching with the hoodie on. In the stands. And seeing her little sister get to this stage where she wanted to be. I mean, remember in 1997, it was Venus in the final of the U.S. open first. And I remember that year, clearly, by the way, digressing a little bit. But I remember 97 that year clearly because I played the first match on Arthur Ashe stadium and I ended up a surreal moment. Knowing everything Arthur Ashe represented being at the U.S. open, my home Grand Slam, where I'm most wanted to do well, I had already been top ten in the world. I'd had some injuries, so I was kind of coming back. But I just remember how nervous I was for that match and how excited I was to be a part of something that was so much bigger than me. And then you go on, you see Venus get to the final and create all of this buzz and this amazing atmosphere. And then a couple of years later, instead of Venus. 1999. It's Serena. And so I just, all of that kind of went through my mind as I was watching Venus sitting there in the stands, watching her little sister and, you know, there had to be mixed emotions because it was supposed to be Venus first, Venus winning first. It was mixed emotion but also that grace and elegance that we all loved about, you know, Venus, she still showed it when after her little sister won. So I thought that was just an amazing moment. Amazing is an unavoidable word when it comes to describing the career and accomplishments of Serena at Grand Slam events. Let's leave more details about Serena's U.S. open record for later and start at the beginning. The first Grand Slam event of the year, the Australian open.

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

03:03 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Arc. We paid tribute to the handful of players who had the game and the mental strength to stand up to Serena at her best. There's a bit of a myth out there about Serena not having any rivals, but this episode showed that it's not accurate. The matches between Serena and half a dozen players over the course of nearly two decades were must see stuff. If there's a caveat to attach to that, it's that three of those rivals, kingis, capriati, ennin, just didn't have the staying power to continue to challenge Serena. But hats off to Venus and Azarenka. In the next episode, slam arama, we'll take a closer look at how Serena negotiated the Grand Slam events over the years. But let me leave you with the memory triggered by our conversation with my former coach, Benny Sims. It was about the intensity and confidence required to compete with Serena. You know that you look pretty damn tough yourself that we've got, but it's true. There's no active Chad that had two the longest and still two the longest matches in women's history, right? Against Sanchez but carry on Australia against Patricia heat, boulet now. That is right. So right, and I just remember that one of the other things before that match against Serena that you told me, you said you have to match her intensity. And you know, and I had a certain level of intensity, but it wasn't the same. It wasn't out there, like, you know, Serena's. And

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

07:45 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Was a fault, but when Serena asked chair umpire Jorge Diaz, if she had a first serve coming, he denied her. DS claimed he had not seen in its upraised hand. In and would not admit to making the gesture, which was visible in television replays. As Serena justifiably pleaded her case, the crowd, already heavily pro enon, began to boo her. She hit a second serve and lost the point. She went on to lose the game and the match with the crowd jeering and cheering, Serena's errors. Afterward, Serena said she was a little disappointed in enon, but stoically refused to lay the blame for her loss on the incident. In an herself confessed to her gamesmanship saying, I think she saw it and was disturbed by that. So it's true that it's not the best memory. Annan would pull the plug on her career prematurely at the end of the 2007 season at age 25. She was carrying a chronic elbow injury and exhausted by the mental strain. Despite a brief comeback, she was never really a force again, but will be remembered by many as Serena's toughest rival. The unpleasant incident that marred that match would come to be seen by many as part of a pattern in which Serena was repeatedly treated unfairly or held to a higher or more rigorous standard than her peers, including the men players. It was not long before another incident added credence to the theme. Serena and Jennifer Capriati were in the midst of a fascinating rivalry when they met in a night session quarterfinal on Arthur Ashe stadium in the 2004 U.S. open. It was a compelling battle that ultimately had historic significance. The two women were leaving it all out there in a superb battle that had the famously rowdy sellout crowd on ash in a frenzy. But in the third set, the excitement increasingly turned to disbelief and anger. Serena, on what was essentially her home court, found herself on the wrong end of four questionable line calls. The most glaring mistake was an overrule by chair umpire, Mariana alves, early in the final set. She intervened to call an important Williams backhand return out. When instant replay showed that the ball had clearly landed well inside the lines. Serena's going to come right over to talk to the chair. That was way in. John. I always defer to you on these. Oh, we're so in. No it was not. What the heck is this? This is crazy. It's not even close. That's not even close. Hawkeye, the electronic line calling system had not yet been adopted by the tournaments, but it was used by television. It showed viewers that all four calls against Serena were wrong. Unsurprisingly, Serena ultimately lost the epic match, two 6 6 four 6 four. In her post match comments, she kept her cool, and even smiled, as she said, I am extremely angry, bitter, upset. I feel cheated, should I go on? I just feel robbed. Sadly, that would be the last of the 17 meetings that took place over barely 5 years between these wildly gifted former prodigies. Serena prevailed in the series ten 7. But 11 of those meetings went the three set distance. Nobody, including Venus, consistently played Serena closer. But capriati shunned the tennis crowd and avoided the media, so her role in Serena's career, apart from that major controversy, tends to get overlooked. If Venus was Serena's ultimate rival, capriati is her forgotten one. The impeccable performance, Serena's 6 one 6 two blowout of Maria Sharapova in the Australian open final of 2007, featured the fewest games Serena ever allowed in a major final. But the tournament also stands as the most remarkable effort of any in her career. Perhaps with the exception of the 2015 French Open. Serena was emerging from a rough period she was still depressed over the death of her sister yutani. She was struggling with a knee injury and fitness issues. Her ranking at one point in 2006 was down to number one 39 she entered the first major of the new year at number 85. Not having won a tournament of any kind since 2005. But as she wrote in her 2009 memoir on the line, the visit to Africa was a transformative experience. She wrote, really, my entire mindset changed as a result of that trip, and I hate to discuss something so deeply moving in terms of tennis, but the truth is my approach to the game was changed as well. As the tournament in Melbourne got underway, Australian TV analyst and former Wimbledon champion pat cash branded Serena's vow to return to the top of the game deluded clearly Serena still wasn't in great shape, so others piled on, adding some body shaming. To top it off, Serena had a wicked cold as the tournament got underway, and her lack of fitness left her with painful blisters on one foot in the third round, she came within two points of losing, and shehar Pierre pushed her into overtime before Serena won their quarterfinal 8 6 in the third. In the final, though, Serena produced her devastating best. That was something she was often able to do when meeting the steely aggressive Russian Maria Sharapova. Their matches constitute the most bizarre rivalry in tennis. May be in tennis history. Sharapova prevented Williams from completing a three peat at Wimbledon in 2004. At 17, she was the same age that Serena was when she won her first major. Relying on her explosive serve and powerful forehand Sharapova blasted Serena off the court in that final 6 one 6 four. Serena would never forgive or forget. Well, I thought her sister was pretty good when she showed up. And genuinely, I really do believe that I go back to the U.S. open when they all of a sudden the women's final was on Saturday night. I think they thought that these instruments were going to be duking it out for ten years. And it was only a couple

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

08:39 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Moved into prime time. By the time the sisters strolled out into the harsh glare of Arthur Ashe stadium's massive floodlights on that cool Saturday evening, you had to wonder how the actual match could possibly live up to the hype. Well, it didn't. At least in athletic terms. Venus ruled off 7 games in a row from one to down as Serena struggled to dial in her range, spraying unforced errors. Venus showed that she was a superior mover. She was more consistent and precise from the baseline and she served up a storm, winning 6 two 6 four. So why? You may wonder, include such a lopsided loss in a celebration of the goat. Because that match heralded the dawn of a new era in professional tennis, one that was dominated by the Williams sisters for nearly two decades. It also presented Serena with the challenge of a lifetime and the main task Serena would have to accomplish if she were to become one of the all time greats or even the goat. She would have to master her greatest potential rival, who happened to be her sister. Here's what former number one Andy Roddick who grew up training with the sisters in Florida had to say about those early Williams sisters matches. Yeah, so I know this is the goat podcast, but those matches were kind of like they were like less than that maybe. They were kind of awkward for a long time and it felt like all of a sudden there was, you know, a set and three all and then all of a sudden they kind of play well at the same time for three or four games, but as far as quality and maybe it's because they know each other's weaknesses so they can attack them a little bit more. I'm sure there's some sort of chess match explanation for it, but the match is always kind of felt awkward. You know, even at the end, there was no celebration. It was like someone they were like happy for half a second and then you know they both had a face like they had a bad piece of food or something like this. I like this weirdly. Yeah, it was like it was like I'm happy but I'm kind of like sad at the same time. So for me, I know we can build up the rivalry and I'm like better talking about their feet apart and how amazing that is and how great their relationship is, but the matches I thought were probably less than we would expect from two players of their caliber. Serena lost 5 of the first 7 matches to Venus. Having to play each other took the Williams sisters and the sport into uncharted territory. The unnerving nature of the challenge may explain why, from early 2000 to 2003, 6 consecutive matches between them were decided in straight sets. And only one of those sets even reached the tiebreaker. Make no mistake in late 2001, Venus loomed as Serena's potential nemesis. But in her signature manner, Serena addressed the task, head on, and with full fury. She missed the next major with the sprained ankle, but then won the other three majors of 2002. She sealed a historic Serena slam when she won the 2003 Australian open. Her opponent in all four of those finals, Venus Williams. The match that closed the deal on Serena slam featured one of Serena's greatest performances. She defeated Venus 7 6 three 6 6 four with both women finally showing the kind of all in resolve that wasn't always evident in their earlier clashes. With the win, Serena moved ahead of Venus for good in both the major title hunt with 5 titles to four and also in their head to head. 6 matches to 5. Xena and I spoke about Serena and the sister dynamic with that seminal figure in the birth of women's pro tennis, Rosie cassell's. I see her as a warrior. She's a warrior and she, she's a great competitor because you can never counter out, you never know, you know, who's stepping on the court, it could be somebody who's going to be very good. Or better than that, may be great. And, you know, it's definitely very impressive. Well, it's funny. You tapped on this a little bit already, but I remember, you know, I was, I think it was the Nancy Reagan event that was in California. And I was playing in the event. And so Rosie came over and said Xena, I want to show you these two girls. And so I was like, what? And so I'll never forget when we walked over there and Serena at that time was very short, you know, barely just looking over the net. I think they were like 7 and 8 or something. And I remember that Serena was poaching. And she was like, yes. You know, like, giving a fist and I remember I looked at Rosie and rosa's like, I told you you needed to see them. And Venus, you know, was the one that everyone was talking about. And I don't know if you remember this Rosie. You said to me, you go, but Serena is the one to watch. Do you remember me telling me that? But yeah, I mean, I must have told you that because she was the one to watch. Venus career wasn't too bad. I mean, I'll take it any time in her long legs as well. But as I said, there was some hidden greatness and Serena. She was quiet and very focused and taking it all in because her sister went first and then she followed and then she took over and Venus was quite happy to let her do so. I don't think it could ever be the other way around. I love that last observation. It just says so much about both sisters. And even though Serena ultimately dominated their rivalry, Venus would persist as a threat. Call her Serena's most able rival. But Serena had plenty of other tasks on her to do list. She had a full plate of high quality rivals between 2002 1005. Perhaps more legitimate ones than at any other stage in her career. To many, Justine and topped that list. Here's how, longtime Hall of Fame tennis coach Benny Sims, who was recruited by Arthur Ashe and was also my coach. Rated Serena's rivals in those early years. On the lord tears of the professional tour, you can see people hitting the ball almost as beautifully as Federer. But their rank three 50. So before I would suggest that someone did something as well a better than Serena, it would have to be in addition to the rest of their game that culminated in them being able to beat her. So I want that to be clear, but that being said, and there are a couple of instances where you can look at people who did things certain periods in time, for instance. Venus, as you well know, very early through the middle of a career. Her first serve certainly was as formidable as Serena's never her second, but certainly by all means her first serve was Justine, certainly Justine's backhand. More versatile. I mean, she had the top spin, beautiful topspin, but it was a slice that got her out of trouble. And it made it so dominant on clay because you could play one heck of a heck of a point and think that you got in trouble and then she slice the ball back to start on all over again. So, you know, certainly Justine's backhand and probably from

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

08:23 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"About Serena that made Mackie stick with her after some of those early miscues? And what was it about Mackie? Besides the unusual fitness of an AARP eligible trainer that appealed to Serena. Because when I gave her every opportunity to quit and beat her down, she says, Mackie, they'll have to drag me out. And I think what showed me everything because I will test you and do have you do what I do, which is very scary. Seriously. And I saw in her this ability to rise above her weaknesses, her fatigue, fatigue makes cowards of us all. And I told Serena, I said Serena, we've got to bring your opponent to the fatigue threshold. And you've got to survive to do that. And at that point, that's only 10% margin, and that's where you win. Because your mind is stronger, but both of you have to be at a broken point. And then there will be one person to survive. And I said, and that's what we're going to work to. And I just watched her over time, and you see, I come at the sport differently, about, I guess, about four years ago, when she asked me to go to Wimbledon, and I was there. And I brought my wife and we were staying with Esther at the physical therapist. And before we went there, I said, you're going to play this doubles? She says, yeah, I say you're playing with Venus. I said, you're going to tire yourself out. And I said, what, and I said, I know you doing it for hand eye coordination. And I said, okay, here's what we're going to do. I said, if this woman comes up to the net, I want you to slam it in her chest. I said, slammer. And the military part of you. That's the military party be coming out, right? I said, you're going to shoot first die last. One shot, one kill. And I said to her, you are going to hit him and we would run and she'd come up and slam him, so here we are. And I'm sitting next to doubles, and I'm sitting at next to Andre talley, you know, from Vogue, all that. And I'm thinking to Serena when he was found close by the locker room. I said, what does he now play? I mean, this guy's got the biggest hands I've ever seen. He's a nicest guy. I think I'm sitting next to a big NFL guy. And so we're sitting at the doubles. And he's sitting next to me telling everybody to shut up because they're talking. And serene is going up to the net and the girl hits her. I stand up, pay back. And he says, sit down, Matt, you can't do that. And so, and so she pay back Matthew. I said, payback. And so this is at Wimbledon. And so the bottom line was she went, she and Venus wins it, and the woman comes up to the net and she snacks her. And when it's all over and they won, she comes out, I'm sitting in the Annie room just waiting with everyone else. She walks over to me and said, you happy now? If you're really happy, I said, I said, well, it's about time. You've been, you've been slapped. And she says, I know. And I played it back. And I said, great. I said, now we're on the same page. My co host Xena was among the select number of people who had a firsthand look at how Serena and Mackie connected and worked together when she joined Serena's coaching team in Florida during a training block. She's aware of the role Mackey played in Serena's recovery from two potentially life threatening pulmonary embolisms. Those were serious medical issues, and they produced a response that told a lot about what Serena would do in the name of fitness, as well as the take no prisoner's way that Mackie operates. I want to tap a little bit on because the time that I had to spend with you in the 6 a couple of weeks down when I was in Florida with Serena and you, I was just amazed about your knowledge, but one of the things that's always her recovery after the embolism in 2011, like what impact because I know I know that you've had a lot of impact on her injuries. Recovery and things that she does from there. Well, that's an interesting story because I was there after the first pulmonary embolism and then the second and it's a really amazing story. You also have to figure in that you can't forget that what started to trigger it was when she had that accident and tore the tendon in the lateral aspect of her foot. So remember, that's what started it. So people think about pulmonary embolism. That is a blood clot that ends up in the lungs, but it can also end up in the kidneys and it can go a lot of into the stomach and a lot of different places. So when that happened to be honest with the first one, Serena was in three hours of being dead. Wow. And she was in Los Angeles. Within three hours. And so the interesting story. So she's coming back from that. And we're coming back from that first injury because she did it to herself again, hitting her foot, getting on a plane going to Australia. That's how it happened the second time. But what happened? I've tested Serena with extensive VO2 max. Let's say during capacity wearing the mask and all this type of things I've done in my hospital affiliated program. So I know Serena, like I know my athletes, Peyton Manning or any of the thousands, I approach it the same model. And so I knew where she was. So here I come in, we've got the green light to go. To go into training. So I get a green light. Oh my God. That's a green light that it's a dragster. It's gone, okay? It isn't just, okay, let's meander into it. And so I've never will forget this. We're in the Palm Beach Gardens at the ballot aisles, and we're on the, I think it was clay. And Serena's getting and all of a sudden she comes over and there's a chair sitting there, and she bends over the chair, and I see her pulling for air here. All right, that's a deep pull. And I'm thinking, wait a minute, I know her fitness is better than this. Well, so I went home on the weekend. I called up my pulmonologist, they talked to me about a pulmonary embolism and again, anything I'm telling you, medically, is out there because I would not want to violate the laws in the United States. But a pulmonary embolism is addressed after the first one you start to see whether you are a candidate for another one, their blood tests and all of that can be done. I've done that in my programs. And they said, Mackie, measure her O2 saturation, and heart rate. Well, O2 saturation is, and you saw me doing it, and I didn't go on you. Don't tell my secrets now. Okay. All right, so the idea behind that was if your OT saturation drops down 6%, you've got a problem. And so I come back on that Monday and I see her coming over. So I've got a baseline saturation on her, and this is down low. So I had Esther, physical therapist, call up and talk to the pulmonologist. And he said, he said to tell me, or you didn't know my name, he said, tell him that that's expected. And he can work through this. So what I did was,

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

07:45 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"In this episode, the Holy Grail of longevity part one will delve into how Serena has managed to remain dominant and relevant for over two decades spent at or very near the peak of the game. In this episode, we'll focus on the physical sources of Serena's amazing longevity. In a later episode, we'll also take a deeper look at the psychological and emotional demands of longevity, as well as the mental health issues that have become an important part of the tennis conversation. Joining us is the fitness trainer responsible for keeping Serena up and running, a remarkable but seldom highlighted man named Mackie schilt stone. He will tell us some amazing stories about Serena's strength and determination, as well as some priceless personal anecdotes. Also, we'll chat with the Hall of Famer who knows all about career longevity and the long journey to goat hood. 18 time Grand Slam champion, Martina Navratilova. But let's start with this. That quote from common that opens the show is amazing. Making your work and expression of love and to show your capacity for love in your work is a rare gift. It's also the ticket to the kind of deep, personal satisfaction that has lifted Serena to unimaginable heights. Motivating and sustaining her. The routine of tennis can be tiresome, even for the most diligent, passionate probe. But if your work is also your way of expressing your love, the challenging life of an elite athlete seems more manageable, more enriching. When your work is love, what you're doing becomes an art form. It's no accident that the source of that observation, Khalil gibran, was a poet. But let's face it, Serena is not a poet. She is first and foremost an athlete. Her work is often physical in the most basic way. Gritty, sweaty, painful. It demands stamina, recuperative powers. Plain old strength. Serena has shown those qualities in abundance. Despite brushes with mortality, depression, injury, and surgery. She's continued to win and win big through it all. Her work is love. We've all kept a close count of Serena's Grand Slam triumphs. We can tick them off one by one, sometimes with details like her final ground opponent, until we hit that magic number, 23. But set that aside for now and tell me this how many significant injuries has Serena dealt with. How many surgeries has she had to undergo? How many health challenges, including potentially fatal ones, has she navigated only to emerge triumphant yet again, champion and conqueror. It's remarkable, but even the NFL's goat, Tom Brady, hasn't compiled as deep a list of injuries and ills. Well, here's a rough count of the toll taken on Serena by injuries of one kind or another. Over her career, Serena withdrew before or during ten Grand Slam events. As well as 13 other top tier events. Nearly every part of her anatomy, feet, knees, back, and shoulders has failed her at some time, and she has had to recover from 5 different surgeries. The first at the end of the 2003 season. Bear in mind that the pain loss of form, the wear and tear on the athletic body and the nagging questions about the future that play in an athlete's mind during long layoffs are powerful negative agents that can narrow a player's vision and make longevity seem out of reach. Yet every time, Serena bounced back. Many times, she bounced back stronger than ever. Victories over those injuries are as much a part of her legacy as the winds she put up in all those Grand Slam titles. She has returned from near oblivion on a number of occasions. She crafted the most sensational of those rebounds in 2007 at the Australian open. We'll take a closer look at that tournament in an upcoming episode. But the essential details at the moment are that by the summer of 2006, her ranking had fallen to number one 39, her lowest since 1997, due largely to continuing struggles after the death of her sister, which kept her off the tour. She played a little at the end of the year, but went into the Australian open ranked number 81. The butt of criticism and cruel humor for appearing to be out of shape. Many of her fans were dismayed by what they perceived as her lack of focus on her profession. Suffering from a severe cold with blisters on both feet, Serena's struggled in the early going at the 2007 Australian open. She nearly lost in the third round, which, by most standards, would already be an impressive comeback. But not for Serena. She persevered, made some narrow escapes and allowed Maria Sharapova just three games in the final. Serena became the first unseated player to win the tournament since its renaissance as a major event. It was her first tournament win of any kind in 24 months. That major title was Serena's 8th, and it marked the greatest pivot point in her career. Although she was already on the rise again, she also made two important additions to her team in 2007. She hired Mackie scholl stone as her fitness trainer and Sasha bayen as her hitting partner. She'll stone has remained with Serena until the present day. Worked with Serena for 8 years. That epic performance in Australia helped set the pattern of expectations that would again mount as she continued to blaze her way into the record books. Serena's ability to manage rising expectations, including her own. And her willingness to handle the pressure that came with her growing status were key talents that help account for her longevity. ESPN tennis analyst Mary Joe Fernández, Serena's 2012 Olympic Games coach, put it into perspective very nicely when she told us. I feel like she does the impossible. I mean, she's been doing it for so long. And let's face facts. I mean, she's been through a lot. Remember with her health, she's had injuries, you know, she became a mom. I mean, she's gone through so, so much. And she still finds a way to persevere and come

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

04:51 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Everyone and every day. Before we say goodbye to this incident and to the role, various controversies had in the evolution of Serena Williams, there is one more thing we'd like to share. It's about the close bond between player and coach and how it has survived as strong a test in that match as anyone could imagine. It makes you wonder if Patrick isn't Serena's life coach, as well as her coach for life. Here's what he said about that. I will never pretend to be that. I think no, no, no. I think we're extremely good friends. We know each other now for 9 years. More than most of the people, because when you're coaching someone, you spend so much time with that person. And you go through a lot of different moments and very emotional moments. So you live those moments together and you go through them together, just to say a word, because I think it shows how an incredible person she is. When this happened and she felt I was responsible for what happened during this U.S. open final because I did the coaching and she didn't ask me for anything. So it was my responsibility and I take it 100%. After she said, what did you do that? What happened? You never do that. What happened to you? So we had this explanation right after the match. And she said to me, don't worry, because I know that there is not one bone of this honesty in your body, so I'm with you a 100%. And people went a lot against her, but it was my fault, a 100%. That this thing happened. So that's why the relationship that we built, I think, is very strong for all those moments for all the things we went through for the trust we have in each other. That will do it for this episode of the goat, Serena, the controversy gene. The incidents and recollections we heard made it clear that on many occasions in tennis, Serena was the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object. It was just as true in live play as in controversial incidents. That has always been Serena's way. Starting from the time when the beads rattled in her hair, her game rattled opponents and her perfectionist tendencies and willingness to stand up for herself. Led to conflicts within tennis. Many have observed the way Serena thrives on drama. As Mary carillo said, she has never stopped fighting, even when she was fighting herself. That instinct has brought Serena into conflicts on occasion, but it's an inextinguishable part of her personality. Serena won some, and she lost some. People still debate the particulars of the controversies she was involved in. But the one thing that's difficult to analyze is the role that being the goat played in those episodes. It's easy to forget that Serena is operating in an entirely different psychological environment than the rest of us. Then even the bulk of her peers. Serena's highs are probably euphoric. Her lows, more devastating. Think back to what it must have been like to be in her shoes at that Indian Wells tournament in 2001. And how that might have shaped the 19 year old's view of the sport, its fans, and her rivals. Serena overcame that traumatic experience, and took on a burden that only the greatest champions can carry. Patrick Murray knows what that burden

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

08:16 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Sports are a breeding ground for controversy because the stress and strain of competition makes people and not just athletes but also officials and others get somewhat out of character. In this episode, the controversy gene we'll look at the role some well documented conflicts have played in Serena's career and how those incidents helped define Serena in the public eye. We will be joined by Serena's coach since 2012, Patrick Murray glue, and the award winning tennis and Olympic Games television correspondent and analyst Mary carillo. It sometimes seems that controversy was always around Serena. It's hardly surprising because controversy creates drama and who's a more dramatic figure than Serena. Even as a child, she had theatrical flair. Her favorite role was that of the princess. She frequently chose popular singers to portray in family games and improvised talent shows. Her name was barely dry in the newspapers of the world when she went to Los Angeles and dipped her toe into acting. Some of the controversies Serena was embroiled in over her long career were frivolous. Even amusing. Who can forget the greatest fashion bomb ever dropped at the U.S. open. The outfit Serena wore for her first match of the 2004 tournament. It consisted of a distressed, studded, blue denim skirt, and matching black crop top. And those infamous biker boots that were actually leg wrappings worn above her tennis shoes. But what you may not know is that Serena negotiated with the USTA for permission to wear the faux boots for her first round match. But she was denied. Although she was allowed to keep the wrappings on during the warmup for her first match. The debates generated by Serena's fashion statements were pleasant distractions, like the outfits themselves. But there was nothing whimsical about many of the other controversies that Serena had to navigate. They made for heated water cooler conversations the following morning. And they certainly helped push tennis. At least temporarily, to the forefront in the public imagination. But many of the conflicts also triggered sometimes painful conversations about race, gender, and the fundamentals of fair play. None of that should be surprising. Serena's parents, richer and or scene, drilled a sense of pride and self worth into their daughters at the earliest of ages. It ensured that when the time came, Serena would stand up for herself in any situation, under any amount of heat. That was the personal and cultural piece. But there's also an athletic aspect when it comes to Serena and controversy. Tennis is an intensely mental game. It's remarkable that while there are countless players who look Wimbledon ready on the practice courts, only one or a select few in every generation dominate. The emotional and mental demands on top players can make them do a range of things out of anger, fear, frustration, or anxiety, with few options for offloading those emotions. And the great ones, like Serena, live with a target on their backs. This is what Jill smolder, Serena's longtime manager, had to tell us about that. Everybody is going to either play their best match or they're going to shit the bed. It goes, it goes one way or the other. And most of the time, someone is coming and they're going to play their best match. And so I love, you know, do I love when she cracks a racket? No, but I know she's going to be okay because she's getting rid of all of that turmoil inside in that moment. And then unleashing it forward. Serena's history as a lightning rod for controversy began in spectacular fashion at the important Indian Wells tournament in 2001 when she was a still impressionable 19 year old. By the time the 2001 edition of the tournament took place, Serena and her sister Venus were regularly meeting in finals amid unsubstantiated rumors that Richard Williams was deciding beforehand which sister would win. Before the semifinal between the sisters at Indian Wells that year, beaten quarter finalist, Elena, dementieva, was asked to pick the winner between Venus and Serena. She said, I don't know what Richard thinks about it. I think he will decide who's going to win tomorrow. The comment got widespread attention. Yet WTA Tour officials did nothing to disavow the comments. The following day, with the crowd of nearly 16,000 already seated, Venus withdrew from the tournament, just four minutes before she was to play Serena, citing tendinitis. The crowd was furious. It showered the court with boos and cat calls. Some, including Serena, said they heard racial slurs. Others insisted that the crowd was just venting over being denied a match at the last moment. The following day, with Serena on court playing Kim Clijsters, the crowd continued to boo the Williams family, with richer and Venus in the player guest box. Serena wrote in her 2009 memoir, on the line. What was most surprising about this uproar was the fact that tennis fans are typically a well mannered bunch. Their respectful. They sit still. Palm Springs, especially they tended to be pretty well healed, too. But I looked up and all I could see was a sea of rich people, mostly older, mostly white, standing and booing lustily, like some kind of genteel lynch mob. I don't mean to use such inflammatory language to describe the scene, but that's really how it seemed from where I was down on the court. Serena predictably went on to win that match. But the hostile atmosphere led the sisters to boycott the event for the ensuing 14 years until Serena decided to return in 2015. She explained her decision in an article published under her own name in Time Magazine early that year. Serena wrote there are some who say I should never go back. There are others who say I should have returned years ago. I understand both perspectives very well and wrestled with them for a long time. I'm just following my heart on this one. In some ways, the incident was training for what Serena would have to deal with in the years ahead. Here to discuss some of those controversies and other aspects of Serena's career is our first guest, Mary carillo. Well, let's get going. I'm excited to talk to our guest Mary carillo who really needs no introduction. A former player, Grand Slam champion, now broadcaster extraordinaire, among other things Mary, thank you for joining us. It is an absolute pleasure to be here, kids. I really mean it. Mary was in the booth with John McEnroe and Bill mcee calling Serena's first major final win. At the U.S. open of 1999.

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

04:11 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Every advantage. I was sprinting and you were, you were participating in a marathon of a career. And floating. And yeah, like I was short sighted, I was like insecure about my ability. You had played like two tournaments that year and I'm going, what are you doing? You're leaving it on the table. Like, you only get this much time as a pro athlete. You got to focus. And you got and I feel like that was kind of maybe a common take. Then I think it takes like this different level of self confidence and we've seen it from roger where he's like, well, I'm going to take 6 months off and I'll be refreshed when I come back. I'm like, man, I'm not going to get back. I'm gone for the rest of the week. So I used to be like, man, you're not working hard enough, you're not doing it. You're not in it. You know, I said, listen, you know, here I am covering your matches, watching them professionally and commentating on them. And you know, I've been retired for years and you're just, you're still going. So we want to kind of admit when we're right, we have to admit we were wrong. And I was completely wrong. She had a process throwing the entire way. It became clear in this episode, celebrity Inc that Serena thoroughly enjoys her celebrity. More importantly, she uses it to influence and shape some of the conversations that take place in tennis on subjects ranging from race to fashion to philanthropy and more. It all leads to a natural conclusion. That Serena is comfortable with who she is. It usually goes unnoticed, but Serena never, ever complains about the burden of celebrity. She has never complained about the toll fame takes on her, or how much is asked of her by so many. When Serena was a little girl, she has told us her mother once said, whatever you become, you become in your head. First Serena became a celebrity in her head at an early age. In the early years in Compton, the 5 sisters would stage talent shows. One of two older sisters, yutani or isha would serve as the judge. While the other girls sang, danced or made up little skits, Serena always had the same thing. A rendition of Whitney Houston's greatest hit, the greatest love of all. Serena admitted that she always won the talent show because when someone else was chosen, she would cry and fuss until the judge reversed her decision. How's that for a celebrity move? Please join us for upcoming episodes in which we'll continue to explore and celebrate. The many dimensions of Serena Williams from her personal relationships and activities to the peaks and sometimes valleys

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

06:55 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Years that Serena was creating a brand even before branding became a buzzword. In this episode, celebrity Inc will take you into the dazzling world Serena occupies as one of the world's most recognizable celebrities. And we'll have conversations with Oscar and Grammy Award winning rapper common, a huge celebrity in his own right, and tennis Hall of Famer Andy Roddick, a superstar on the court and off. Both who have had special relationships with Serena Williams. All athletes dream about becoming champions. Not all of them realize that goal. Almost all champions dream about transcending their sport. Being recognized as more than the sum of their prize money or trophies. Not all of them realize that goal either. Serena succeeds on both counts. She's the goat and in that overused phrase, more than a tennis player. One key to understanding how she accomplished that, lies in an odd and amusing item on her resume. In March of 2010, Serena enrolled in a 240 hour class to earn her certification as a nail technician. What was she doing? Planning a change of career? Looking toward a second post retirement career? Or hoping to save a little money by doing her own manicures and pedicures? But here's the thing. That attention Serena got for her new pastime, introduced her to many women who knew nothing about tennis. She famously gave Oprah Winfrey a pedicure on live television. Another large portion of the public formed an impression of her. Serena also launched her own clothing line and hobnobbed with fashion icons like Anna wintour and Hollywood stars. More and more people who didn't even watch tennis came to no Serena and in many cases came to tennis through exposure to Serena. Gradually, the process attained critical mass and helped turn Serena into one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet. It helped that people find it easy to relate to Serena. They empathize with her. Who hasn't had relationship trouble, are felt and witness the painful toll of parental divorce or the sting of racism or body shaming. Serena experienced all of that and more before she even mastered her craft. And hit her stride as the goat. People feel they can relate to her. The problematic delivery of her daughter later in life and her keen awareness of other working moms and the trials they face have made her widely beloved. Or Serena the term outside interest is a loaded phrase. She is praised for being more well rounded than many of her professional peers, but she has serially been accused of allowing diversions to distract from her athletic quest. You have to wonder, isn't it enough that she's won 23 and counting Grand Slam singles titles? How many would finally satisfy critics anyway? 25? 27, 35? The so called distractions have played a huge role in Serena's persona. She has appeared in over 25 movies and TV shows, including episodes in mega hits ER and Law & Order SVU. She's friends with an astonishing range of other public figures. From Beyoncé to Michelle Obama to Meghan Markle and her husband, prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Serena's entrepreneurial efforts are wide ranging. From her signature line of clothing to her financial stake in the Miami Dolphins and the angel city women's soccer club. Perhaps most important for her long-term legacy. Serena's philanthropic efforts, including the Serena Williams fund, which helps black startup enterprises. The seeds for Serena's celebrity and deep reach into our culture were planted early. Speaking of their father, Richard Williams, Serena's older sister, isha price told us. He always said that he did not want them to be a statistic. If that makes sense. And at the time, we're talking about a time where, you know, you get up, you play sport. You may not have finished college, you may not have done these other things. And it's like when your sport careers over because eventually it will be, right? There comes a time where it'll be over. Then what is it that you're going to do? And how are you going to be a whole person? And how are you going to live your life and what's important to you? And it was very important that that be identified at on young age. So that you could kind of be working toward things that you had a passion about. And Serena is always loved, design and pretty things. You know, you know, pretty dresses. And I want to wear this dress and I wanted to do this and you know, this is always been her. So amazing because Olympia is the same way and it trips us out. Olympia always want to princess dress or costume or something with a purse, a heel, it's ridiculous. Serena has created and worn some of the most talked about outfits in sports. Or fashion history for that matter. Some, like the famous full length black body suit that she appeared in for the 2018 French Open, a nod to the wildly popular movie Black Panther, or the U.S. open denim outfit. Were meant at least partly to send messages. Serena's outfits have always generated strong reactions. Those reactions tend to overlook the playful element. The whimsy of it all. And the savvy understand that at one level, tennis players are, like actors or entertainers.

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"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

The GOAT: Serena

08:24 min | 1 year ago

"serena" Discussed on The GOAT: Serena

"Well, that's about this sex. And I'm like, who is this child? I mean, you know, so you knew that they were destined to be great. Well, it's very interesting too, because you also you run the Harlem junior tennis academy there. And how do you see the impact that it's made Venus and Serena have made on the young ones that are coming up? You know, Xena, I was following you. So you were kind of like my big sister. And then tanda came behind me and she was kind of like my little sister, so I was sandwiched in between, but you know, when you have Venus and Serena come out, you know, we were more like aunties for these kids when they came out. And feeling proud just to know, you know, the journey that they took, the route that they took, but just watching their focus. I think that was the biggest thing for me, really seeing how they were focused day in and day out. Every time they came to the courts, they handled their business and they left. And they were doing their thing either as sisters or as a family, with their parents around, or their other sisters that were infill. And I think that was probably really is what kept them out here this long because of the family environment that they were able to have at a very young age that stayed with them. The Williams sisters blazed a unique trail, but one of the untold stories about the progress of African American players in tennis is the solidarity they have always shared. There was a long dry spell after Xena's Wimbledon final, but the number of competent black players in tennis was slowly increasing. Those players and I was one of them, would communicate and often gather for social occasions at tournaments, even though they might be facing each other across the net the following day. Veteran players like Katrina Adams always wore supportive and encouraging of the younger generation. Up through 2021, there was no play at all at Wimbledon on the middle Sunday. It was a day of rest for everyone. It was also the day black players routinely got together for a 4th of July barbecue. I was talking to Serena about this, not too long ago, is when remember when the Wimbledon that would no longer be that Sunday, we would always get together in the minorities and we would cook and have a good time. And I asked Serena if she remembered that her and Richard and Venus came and she said, oh yeah, that was so cool. So, but those were very important for us to pass it on to the younger ones. And it was nice to know that they remembered that, you know? And the same for me as well because I remember the two of you inviting me making sure I showed up 'cause I was like, what is this? I had no idea. And it just created a little bit of that bridge. And a little bit of the camaraderie and the things you don't normally have. And we talk about Venus and Serena being together. They had a little bit of that, you know, having a sister out there, but it's still kind of a lonely, a lonely road a bit. And to be able to tap in is important. And I think that that middle Sunday for us at Wimbledon two, you know, we were bridging generations. You know, the past, the present and the future. And so many different ways. And it wasn't about what your ranking was. It was really about us coming together and sisterhood and being family. And I think that's what has allowed all of us to continue to have such great relationships. Between the three of us as well as with Venus and Serena as well. From the very start, though, the Williams sisters were looking at the bigger picture in tennis. Their drive to introduce greater diversity in the game went hand in hand with other issues that would come to dominate the conversation about the American social experience. The USTA is the American affiliate of the body that governs tennis globally. The international tennis federation or ITF. Adams work in the USTA included significant roles with the ITF and the fed cup. The fed cup recently rechristened the Billie Jean King cup is second only to the women's soccer World Cup as an international women's team competition. Well, I mentioned your role as president of the USTA, your role with the ITF and fed cup, which has been so much about gender equality. She's been a player that has helped sort of move the conversation about gender equality further. Where do you see her impact and what has her role been to you in terms of gender equity in tennis and in sport? I think it's been huge, and I think a lot of it is, you know, she learned from Venus. I mean, Venus was our voice when we were looking for equal prize money. And finally, we get in it at Wimbledon, you know, just a few years ago. And so, you know, having had Venus there for her to learn from, you know, just made her voice that much more powerful and stronger along the way. But everything that Serena fights for is for equality. But it's to be treated equally with her peers with our male counterparts when it comes to prize money, comes to opportunities, et cetera. You know, when she became a mother, I think it impacted her that much more because she wants to make sure that her daughter Olympia. Has the opportunities that she didn't have growing up. And she wants her to have those opportunities now that are equal to what we are all reaping, but still we have so much room to grow and to go. Going forward. But I think she has definitely been impactful with her presence with her voice. Just with her leadership, not only antennas, but in business with her Serena ventures and really showing women and little girls that you can be out there for business. I just remember, you know, in the early days, people were really kind of ragging, both the sisters on, play such a limited schedule. Guess what? Everyone's cool. They were finishing high school. Then they went on and got a college degree and started their own businesses. And look where those businesses are now that when they do walk away and say, goodbye to the competitive part on the court, they're still going to be just as competitive off the court in the different ventures that they have. We'll be right back with more of our conversation with Katrina Adams on the goat, Serena. Most great players have to navigate controversy a few times during their careers. Often on big occasions. When the stress level is high enough to trigger powerful emotions, things can get pretty crazy. Pretty fast. It happened to Serena in the 2018 U.S. open final, as she was seeking that elusive 24th Grand Slam title. Serena's opponent that day was 20 year old rising star Naomi Osaka, who at age 5 had sat in the same stadium watching Serena play. With the exception of matches between the Williams sisters, this was the first Grand Slam singles final featuring two women of color. A grand occasion. But trouble erupted, when Serena incurred a code violation because the umpire observed her coach giving hand signals from the stands early in the second set. Enraged at the implication that she was cheating. Serena began sparring with the chair umpire and the situation escalated from there until Serena was slapped with a third code violation. That violation cost her an entire game. A critical one that enabled Osaka to serve out the win. By then, the crowd was stunned, confused, and deeply disappointed by Serena's loss. Upset, in tears, Osaka apologized on court to the crowd when it was over. The jarring almost surreal climax left everyone in a state of shock, including Osaka,

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