When Beyoncé’s Lemonade debuted two weeks ago, Wimbledon champ Serena Williams wiggled her bum alongside Queen Bey for the visual album’s most pop-leaning single, “Sorry.” The Associated Press recently caught up with the top-ranked athlete, who detailed how her cake-shaking cameo came to fruition.
No stranger to getting her boogie on to Bey––Serena straight-up slayed a remake of the Texan’s “7/11”––the stacked Williams sister was invited to represent physical power as Bey belted out emotional dominance (boy bye!) in the black-and-white clip. “I have known the director since I was like nine years old,” she explains. “I know Beyonce pretty well, so they were like, ‘We would love for you to be in this particular song. It’s about strength and it’s about courage, and that’s what we see you as.”
Typically, Williams offers a two-second Crip Walk for the cameras but Bey’s orders called for the tennis star to really let loose. “She told me that she just wants me to dance like just be really free and just dance like nobody’s looking and go all out,” Williams says of her non-choreographed, unapologetic twirling and twerking. “So that wasn’t easy in the beginning, but then it got easier. … I thought that particular song on the visual album was really a strong song, and it was also really fun at the same time.”