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The triumphant life of one of the greatest professional athletes of all time is being chronicled in a five-part docuseries on HBO.
According to The Columbian, tennis megastar Serena Williams has released a string of television documentary episodes title “Being Serena.” The episodes in the tennis champion’s docuseries chronicle her everyday life on an off the court.
However, the first episode is titled “Fear” and it covers what Williams has called the most horrific experience she has ever endured in her life: Childbirth. “I was terrified. And it was a whole new kind of fear,” Williams says in the film.
“Tennis? I don’t think it ever felt so far away. And I don’t think my life ever felt so unsure,” Williams continued.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner has showcased her raw power and instilled fear in her opponents on the tennis court over the course of her entire career.
However, for Williams and a myriad of other black women in America, child rearing is a feared reality that has unfortunately resulted in death for a growing number of black mothers in America.
Williams’ “Being Serena” covers the grim reality she experienced in her own life while fighting to give birth to her daughter Alexis Ohanian, Jr. born on September 1, 2017.
Williams suffered from a pulmonary embolism shortly after having her baby daughter and struggled to breathe. During her documentary, Williams cries while recanting this experience, which could have taken her life.
“There’s no escaping the fear: The fear that I might not come back as strong as I was. The fear that I can’t be both the best mother and the best tennis player in the world. I guess my only choice is to live and find out,” she also said.
“Being Serena” debuts its first HBO-released episode on Wednesday, May 9 at 10 p.m. EST.