Serena Williams says she listened to Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ while warming up for the French Open

The tennis star also called Skepta's 'Shutdown' "the party song that's around right now"

Serena Williams has said she listened to Desiigner‘s ‘Panda’ while warming up for the French Open.

The tennis star made her debut on Beats 1 yesterday (September 10), hosting a one-off show called Champ, which featured music that motivates her on and off the tennis court.

Speaking about Desiigner, she said: “He has all this energy, he’s so pumped up when he goes out there. I don’t know about anyone else, but everyone I know, my whole crew, was obsessed with ‘Panda’. Even on Snapchat when the panda filter came out everyone would put on the panda filter and sing the panda song.


“That was kind of like a song that you’re gonna look back in a few years and be like ‘yeah I remember that song, that was so fun’,” she continued. “I was at the French Open on a bike warming up next to Venus [Williams] about to go play doubles.

“That’s gonna be my memory of ‘Panda’ cos that was when I would always listen to it and dance around in the locker room and everyone would look at me like I was crazy, but I was okay with that. So yeah,we love Desiigner.”

Elsewhere on her playlist were songs by the likes of Rihanna, Adele, Beyonce and Skepta. Williams called the latter’s ‘Shutdown’ “the party song that’s around right now”.

Champ is repeated at 5am BST tomorrow (September 12) or you can listen again on Apple Music.