Being Serena- an HBO Documentary on the life and times of the greatest female athlete ever, premieres May 2

Serena Williams is one of the world’s greatest athletes. She’s conquered 23 Grand Slam tennis tournaments, won four Olympic gold medals, and broken countless world records. She is a titan of tennis and a force to be reckoned with, on and off the court. Her ascent into the athletic pantheon has been well documented in sports news and documentary projects (the best of which, 2012’s Venus and Serena, followed her and her sister as they battled health problems and media controversies), but a lot can change in just a few years: In HBO’s glossy new five-part docuseries, Being Serena, Williams reveals more than she ever has before, from her surprise pregnancy and harrowing life-threatening delivery to new motherhood, her fairy-tale wedding, and her triumphant return to the sport that made her an icon. It’s a raw, intimate look into the life of a superstar athlete who is so much more than her rankings.

HBO Sports has partnered with IMG’s original content group for “Being Serena,” a five-part documentary about tennis star Serena Williams. Set to premiere May 2 on the premium cable channel and its digital platforms, the series will document Williams’ pregnancy, the birth of her child, her new marriage, and her return to the court.

“HBO is honored to work with Serena Williams on such a personal project,” said Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “Even though she has been in the spotlight since her teenage years, Serena continues to capture the imagination. With our partners at IMG, we look forward to giving viewers a revealing, behind-the-scenes portrait of her life on and off the court.”

One of the most decorated players in the history of professional tennis, Williams won her seventh Australian Open in January 2017. Four months later, Williams revealed that she and fiancé Alexis Ohanian were expecting their first child, and that she had been eight weeks pregnant at the time of the Australian Open. Williams gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September, and she and Ohanian were married in November.

Williams is set to return to tennis this spring and appear in her first Grand Slam event since the Australian with the French Open in May.

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