Screenwriter Serena Williams Should Tell Her Own Tale

Tennis superstar nabs more viewers than Federer
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2009 11:54 AM CDT
Screenwriter Serena Williams Should Tell Her Own Tale
Serena Williams of the United States, tosses the ball to serve during her loss to Elena Dementieva of Russia, during semifinal Rogers Cup tennis action in Toronto on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

(Newser) – Serena Williams toiled this summer on a screenplay, which she compares to Desperate Housewives meets Sex and the City and Family Guy. But perhaps the best subject she could take on would be her and her sister’s own lives, writes Karen Crouse in the New York Times. It would certainly get viewers: “Even now, the single highest ratings getter for us is Serena,” says commentator Mary Carillo. “More than Roger Federer, more than Andy Roddick.”

Her screenplay would tell “a jewel of a story,” from the Williams’ power style “which yanked tennis kicking and shrieking into the Big Babe era” to “their bold fashion statements.” Asks Crouse: “What could Serena’s imagination conjure that is more Roald Dahl than two African-American sisters rising from rundown courts in Compton, Calif., to the top rungs of tennis?”
(Read more Serena Williams stories.)

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