Indian Wells marked Serena’s first return to the tour since giving birth in 2017. Serena Williams is often discussed as the greatest female tennis player of all time. She was eight weeks pregnant when she won the Australian Open last year. She holds 23 Grand Slam titles. Her playing the BNP Paribas Open was big news in tennis. Serena ended up facing her sister, Venus in the 3rd round and lost. She definitely looked slower on court than in the past. But it was still a very exciting match. It’s always fun to watch the Williams sisters slug it out.
Here are three pieces T&T produced. The first two were filmed and edited by Ian Davidson. The third by Drew Carlisle. Because the WTA, ATP, Tennis Channel and ESPN were all giving the sisters a lot of coverage, I cut the third piece in black and white to make it stand out. We also began experimenting with a 4:5 aspect ratio for Instagram and Facebook. When a video is taller than it is wide, it takes up a lot more real estate on an iPhone newsfeed. Below are the original 16:9 versions of these pieces.