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‘One of the Funniest People I Know’- King Richard Fame Saniyya Sidney Throws Light on the Unknown Side of Venus Williams

Published 05/06/2022, 5:55 AM EDT

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Venus Williams has for a long time been a part of the elite list of the greatest players of all time. Being one of the most dominant players of her time, Venus has a total of 7 Grand Slam titles, an Olympic gold, and a number of other titles to her name. Apart from that, she has also been in the top spot in the WTA rankings for a total of 11 weeks.

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Williams is undoubtedly a great tennis player. However, the 41-year-old’s skill set is not just restricted to tennis. As it turns out, she also has a comical side to her. A side not many know about. Recently, during an event, Saniyya Sidney, who plays the role of Venus Williams in the movie ‘King Richard’ revealed that side of Venus.


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Saniyaa Sidney on the comical side of Venus

9 months into the tour, at the age of 15 only, Venus received her first-ever sponsorship contract. During that time, Venus signed a $12 million sponsorship deal with sportswear brand Reebok. Signing the contract, Venus always wore Reebok’s gear. Even though she used to be tip to toe in Reebok, a part of her outfit that always remained in light was her shoes, the Reebok pump.

During the event, as Saniyya spoke about their shooting days, she recalled how she used to feel walking in Venus’s shoes. She said, “Every day was a joy to tell her story and walk in her Reebok pumps. We looked so dumb.”


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Going further, Saniyya thanked Venus for trusting and accepting her to be the perfect fit to play her character in the movie. However, what took the main light was Saniyya asserting that Venus is one of the funniest people she knows. “Thank you so much Venus for trusting in me and accepting me with open arms and for always making me laugh. You are probably one of the funniest people I know,” she said.

The 15-year-old actor ended by thanking Venus for setting an example for her. She said, “Thank you for never being afraid to be yourself. You set the example for me that showing my strength, my beauty, and my voice will always be important.”


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The much-awaited comeback of Venus Williams

Venus Williams has been out of the tour for 9 months now. She last played at the Chicago Open, where she suffered a first-round loss. Following the loss, she announced her withdrawal from the US Open, citing a leg injury. Since then, the American grace has been out of the tour.

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Recently, she gave her slight reason for rejoicing as she dropped an indirect hint of a possible comeback at this year’s Wimbledon. However, an official statement by her or Wimbledon is still awaited.


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Written by:

Ahmar Wasif


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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.
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Ranvijay Singh