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Family-woman. Philanthropist. Beloved friend. Record-breaking tennis champion. In the second season of the series THE GOAT: Serena takes on the remarkable life of Serena Williams and her journey to becoming one of the greatest athletes of all time. THE GOAT: Serena runs 12-episodes and is hosted by tennis legends and Williams’ close friends Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin. Garrison and Rubin, along with other prominent figures in Serena’s life, recount the triumphs and tribulations of the making of an icon.
Check out Season 1 of the GOAT series where we dive into the exceptional career and life of Tom Brady, who has played in ten Super Bowls, winning seven. Acclaimed sports journalist Gary Myers shares the definitive account of arguably the most storied career in NFL history.

The GOAT: Serena iHeartRadio

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    • 4.3 • 8 Ratings

Family-woman. Philanthropist. Beloved friend. Record-breaking tennis champion. In the second season of the series THE GOAT: Serena takes on the remarkable life of Serena Williams and her journey to becoming one of the greatest athletes of all time. THE GOAT: Serena runs 12-episodes and is hosted by tennis legends and Williams’ close friends Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin. Garrison and Rubin, along with other prominent figures in Serena’s life, recount the triumphs and tribulations of the making of an icon.
Check out Season 1 of the GOAT series where we dive into the exceptional career and life of Tom Brady, who has played in ten Super Bowls, winning seven. Acclaimed sports journalist Gary Myers shares the definitive account of arguably the most storied career in NFL history.

    Slamorama

    Slamorama

    In this special episode, hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison break from the typical format and share their thoughts on the two most magical words in tennis - Grand Slams. They discuss Serena Williams’ most memorable Grand Slam wins, detail what it’s like to face her on the court, and the highs and lows of some of Serena’s biggest matches, including her first major win at the 1999 US Open, the 2017 Australian Open, won while 8 weeks pregnant, and her crushing loss to Roberta Vinci at the 2015 US Open. Mary Carillo and Patrick Mouratoglou also provide some insight on the inner-thoughts of Serena Williams.
      
    The GOAT: Serena is a production of Diversion Podcasts in association with iHeartRadio. Hosts: Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin. Written by Pete Bodo. Produced and directed by Mark Francis and Scott Waxman. Consulting Producer: Andrew Kalb. Original Music: Andy Marvel. Social Media Manager: Stephen Tompkins. Director of Marketing and Business Development: Jacob Bronstein. Executive Producers: Scott Waxman and Mark Francis.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Best Matches, Top Rivals

    Best Matches, Top Rivals

    In this episode, hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison discuss some of Serena Williams’ career highlights, including her best matches and her top rivals. Guests include a who's who of tennis royalty: Patrick Mouratoglou, Andy Roddick, Mary Carillo, Rick Macci, Mary Joe Fernandez, Rosie Casals, Benny Sims and broadcaster Robin Roberts. The conversation consists of in-depth analysis and breaking down some of Serena’s biggest matches against her sister Venus, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Maria Sharapova over her more than 20 year career.

    The GOAT: Serena is a production of Diversion Podcasts in association with iHeartRadio. Hosts: Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin. Written by Pete Bodo. Produced and directed by Mark Francis and Scott Waxman. Consulting Producer: Andrew Kalb. Original Music: Andy Marvel. Social Media Manager: Stephen Tompkins. Director of Marketing and Business Development: Jacob Bronstein. Executive Producers: Scott Waxman and Mark Francis.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Holy Grail of Longevity Part 2

    The Holy Grail of Longevity Part 2

    Former tennis pros Pam Shriver and Rennae Stubbs, both still in the game as broadcasters, join hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison to explore the qualities that have enabled Serena Williams to withstand the stress of life at the top and the mental strength that’s kept her there for more than two decades. They also discuss mental health in sports in general and high profile athletes who’ve struggled, at times, with mental health in the public eye, such as tennis pros Naomi Osaka and Mardy Fish, along with Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. This is episode 2 of a 2-episode arc.
    The GOAT: Serena is a production of Diversion Podcasts in association with iHeartRadio. Hosts: Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin. Written by Pete Bodo. Produced and directed by Mark Francis and Scott Waxman. Consulting Producer: Andrew Kalb. Original Music: Andy Marvel. Social Media Manager: Stephen Tompkins. Director of Marketing and Business Development: Jacob Bronstein. Executive Producers: Scott Waxman and Mark Francis.
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    • 57 min
    The Holy Grail of Longevity Part 1

    The Holy Grail of Longevity Part 1

    Special guests Martina Navratilova, 18-time Grand Slam champion and tennis Hall-of-Famer, along with Mackie Shilstone, fitness trainer to Serena Williams, Peyton Manning, Roy Jones Jr. and many other professional athletes, join hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison to dive into the details on the longevity of Serena’s career. They discuss how Serena has remained in shape and relevant for over two decades, and detail some previously unheard stories about Serena’s strength and determination, as well as some priceless personal anecdotes. This is episode 1 of a 2-episode arc.

    The GOAT: Serena is a production of Diversion Podcasts in association with iHeartRadio. Hosts: Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin. Written by Pete Bodo. Produced and directed by Mark Francis and Scott Waxman. Consulting Producer: Andrew Kalb. Original Music: Andy Marvel. Social Media Manager: Stephen Tompkins. Director of Marketing and Business Development: Jacob Bronstein. Executive Producers: Scott Waxman and Mark Francis.
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    • 54 min
    The Controversy Gene

    The Controversy Gene

    Special guests Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach since 2012, and Mary Carillo, award-winning tennis and Olympic Games TV correspondent, join hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison to examine the role of stress, conflict, and controversy in Serena’s career. From the amusing ones, like Serena’s denim skirt at the 2004 US Open and her infamous “biker boots” leg warmers, to the painful and difficult ones, like the 2018 US Open final between Serena and Naomi Osaka, and the others that sparked painful conversations around race, gender, and the fundamentals of fair play. Together these isolated incidents have helped shape Serena in the public eye.
    The GOAT: Serena is a production of Diversion Podcasts in association with iHeartRadio. Hosts: Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin. Written by Pete Bodo. Produced and directed by Mark Francis and Scott Waxman. Consulting Producer: Andrew Kalb. Production Assistant: Anita Okoye. Original Music: Andy Marvel. Social Media Manager: Stephen Tompkins. Director of Marketing and Business Development: Jacob Bronstein. Executive Producers: Scott Waxman and Mark Francis.
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    • 54 min
    Celebrity, Inc.

    Celebrity, Inc.

    This week’s special guests Common, Oscar and Grammy Award winning rapper, writer, actor, and activist, and Andy Roddick, former world No. 1 tennis player, join hosts Chanda Rubin and Zina Garrison for a deep dive into the dazzling world Serena Williams occupies as one of the world’s most recognizable celebrities. We also hear from Serena’s sister, Isha Price, to talk about Serena as a brand, beyond the tennis court, and why it was important for her to create a life for herself outside of sports.
    The GOAT: Serena is a production of Diversion Podcasts in association with iHeartRadio. Hosts: Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin. Written by Pete Bodo. Produced and directed by Mark Francis and Scott Waxman. Consulting Producer: Andrew Kalb. Production Assistant: Anita Okoye. Original Music: Andy Marvel. Social Media Manager: Stephen Tompkins. Director of Marketing and Business Development: Jacob Bronstein. Executive Producers: Scott Waxman and Mark Francis.
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

MusicFan987887 ,

Incredible stuff

It’s only right that the GOAT should have a podcast made about her that is celebratory in tone, informative, and inspirational. Because throughout her career, Serena Williams has unfortunately been disrespected and dismissed. And that still continues today. This podcast stands alone as a tennis podcast that chooses to focus entirely on the greatness of Serena, but doesn’t shy away from discussing the toughest and lowest moments of her career.

Would you believe that there are still people who argue that Serena Williams isn’t the GOAT? So I ask them, what is it exactly that this woman has to do to get her just dues? She has the most slams in the open-era. If you’re going to argue that this doesn’t matter, then we may as well throw the entire concept of sporting history away, because sporting greatness in historical terms is always measured quantitatively. So thankfully, the opinions of the ignorant few will matter very little in the long-term.

Thank you for this podcast. I have loved every episode and absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the life and career of Serena Williams, told by two supreme black female tennis players in their own right.

Cyril from Bristol ,

O.K. but not the G.O.A.T. podcast

Pulls together a huge amount of material from an array of sources. Therein lies the problem. As with ma ny things American the concept of 'less is more' is completely alien. The podcast is overly long and strung out. 'Bonus' episodes just drag it out even further. You're left with the feeling that the whole thing could have been done in about half the time. Did I learn anthing new about Brady? Sure, but the rare gems are buried amongst the mundane 'factoids', or as most people call them, 'facts'. Sadly there are plenty of the latter.

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