“Me Is Serena”: Venus Williams Displays Bond With Sister Serena Williams as She Talks About ‘King Richard’

Published 11/03/2021, 4:47 PM EDT
Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


King Richard, a movie that chronicles the early life and the struggle of the Williams sisters – Venus and Serena and how their father Richard Williams nurture their talents, is about to release on theatres on the 19th of this month.

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The movie had travelled across several film festivals and garnered the much-deserved love and attention of not just movie buffs but also of tennis fans across the world that were inspired by the story of Venus and Serena Williams.

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Ahead of its release, the Williams sisters along with Will Smith(who plays Richard Williams) talked about what the film meant to each and everyone of them and how it tried to portray the early Williams’ household.

Venus Williams, who came into the limelight ahead of Serena, was instrumental in shaping up her sister’s formative tennis years as both of them would go on to become reigning queens of women’s tennis.

Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Venus Williams talks about King Richard and what it tries to depict

Not just individual success, the Williams sisters also had won 14 grand slam titles in doubles and three Olympic Gold medals. The elder sister talked about what she liked in the movie on her father.  

I love that it captured the innocence, the innocence we still hang on to, actually. It’s kind of difficult for me to say, ‘Oh, this film shows me.’ Because me is Serena. And there’s no me without her, and I could have never done what I’ve been able to achieve on the court without her. It’s so symbiotic”, told Venus.

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The movie not just focuses on Richard Williams along with the sisters but from the rushes, it looks like the focus will also be on Oracene Price, mother of Serena and Venus.

The film is not really about winning a championship. It was about this process of making a person who could win in life”, concluded the seven-time grand slam champion.

372178 06: FILE PHOTO: Richard Williams, center, with his daughters Venus, left, and Serena 1991 in Compton, CA. Serena and Venus Williams will be playing against each other for the first time July 6, 2000 in the tennis semifinals at Wimbledon. (Photo by Paul Harris/Online USA)

King Richard was supposed to be released last year but got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie that depicts the life of two of the greatest champions the sport has ever seen, might become an inspiring tale for upcoming athletes who want to make it big  in the field of tennis or any other sport for that matter.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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