Watch: Serena Williams recites Maya Angelou poem in BBC montage

0:40 | Tennis
Serena Williams wins 7th Wimbledon, 22nd overall Major title
Saturday July 9th, 2016

In a video montage that aired during the BBC’s broadcast of Serena Williams’s historic Wimbledon title on Saturday, Williams recites the poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou. 

Yes, it’s as awesome and chill-inducing as it sounds. 

The video aired prior to Williams’s 7-5, 6-3 victory over Angelique Kerber in the 2016 Wimbledon final. Williams’s latest title, her seventh at the All England Club, is the 22nd major title of her career, tying Steffi Graf’s Open Era record. 

In the BBC’s montage, Williams recites the poem over footage depicting her life as a tennis player, from her childhood through the present. Williams has previously called Maya Angelou her favorite poet, and she recited part of the poem at her 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year acceptance speech

You can watch the clip below. 

“Still I Rise” is one of Maya Angelou’s most famous poems. The American poet died in 2014. 

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.