Serena Williams joined Game, Set, Chat! hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison. The trio had a lot of memories and topics to discuss from Wimbledon to doubles and motherhood to history.
They first reflected on Garrison’s historic run to the 1990 Wimbledon final. At that time, Serena was just eight years old and Rubin was a year from turning pro. Garrison was the first Black woman to make a major final since Althea Gibson in 1958.
Serena reached the semifinals of the US Open last week. (Getty)
Garrison had her own memories to call up including the fist time she saw Serena and Venus Williams play as children, asking “Who taught you to poach at that age?” The answer, of course, was Serena’s dad, Richard.
“It was wild because he would always tell us to go get the ball. He would always say get the ball, get the ball, get the ball…” Serena said. “So it was definitely my dad that was like be aggressive at the net.”
The trio talked a lot about inequalities they've faced, their career challenges and even about their own matches against each other. Serena explained why she wants to be a champion off the court, too, and seemingly threw a little shade at Maria Sharapova (at 17:54).
"I don't really care about my results on the court," she said. "For me it's more other stuff, what is the purpose of life and what is that? So that's why a lot of this stuff really genuinely doesn't affect me. And then turns out that people are actually doing drugs.
"The truth comes out, and they get caught and then they get banned for not long enough."
Serena's daughter Olympia tried to crash the episode, but maybe her ears were burning as the conversation touched on her and her relationship with her mom.
Serena also shared the importance of knowing your history, as you can't know where you're going without knowing where you've been. She meant that as a broader knowledge of cultural history about your race and family.
"That was a really important part for me to learn my history," she said about visiting Africa. "I love history... You just have to tell people what happened and why it happened and why things still happen."