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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to EPIX from producers Matthew Goldberg and Brandon Carroll along with Film 45 and director Ryan White on June 22 is the World Television Premiere of the original documentary SERENA.

This is a look inside the four-time Olympic Gold Medalist and International Sports Icon Serena Williams. Airing at 8 p.m. et/pt and 7 central, this is a personal and inside look at the life that her talent and celebrity bring.

Serena Williams began her tennis career in Compton, California where she began playing at the age of three. Coached by her parents Richard and Oracene Williams the family would soon move to West Palm Beach, Florida and would eventually be ranked number one by the U.S. Tennis Association.

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At age 14, Serena would begin her professional debut and continues to be ranked among the top-10 player in the world. Through her career of setbacks, dueling sisters, and injuries she has kept it all in perspective saying, “2015 was a defining time in my life and career. I think my story will be relatable to audiences whether you love tennis or not.”

Continuing she explains that this documentary is “a story of perserverance, failure and triumph. It’s the most intimate I’ve ever allowed myself to be on film. It was scary but ultimately a really gratifying experience, which I’m hoping inspires others to pursue their dreams. I’m really grateful to EPIX for this incredible opportunity and the care they’ve shown me. I can’t wait for you all to see it.”

From her business ventures and charity work, Serena has made herself so much more than a tennis star. Dealing with a life that many forget she has off the courts, Serena opens up and speaks from the heart about her feelings on so many things. That alone makes her instantly relatable and to hear her speak on body shaming is so moving.

Clearly she is dedicated to her family and speaks of the matches over the year against sister Venus. Serena speaks so lovingly of her sister that it made me think how difficult it must be to play a sibling in sports. Either way it is a happy/sad mix after a match and Serena doesn’t hide her feelings about it.

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EPIX does an amazing job in bringing her history to those who might not know how it all began for this athlete. Of course there is the fact that she is strong and determined on the tennis court but more importantly this documentary hears directly from the source about her life. Also allowing her most trusted colleagues and even competitors just reinforces the many facets of Serena Williams.

In this documentary we all journey along with her as she goes for the four Grand Slams of tennis and the outcome of everything she has and continues to strive for.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give SERENA: The Other Side of Greatness four tubs of popcorn out of five. There was so much presented that I didn’t know about Serena Williams and it just widens my appreciation for what she has accomplished and doubles my respect for her as a person.

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EPIX is a premium entertainment network that delivers some of the best movies along with classic films along with original programming, documentaries, comedy and music specials. All of this is available on television, On Demand, online and across your devices. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.EPIX.com.

Also, join the conversation about SERENA on Twitter with #Serena!

In the end – she transcends the world of tennis!

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