King Richard actor Saniyya Sidney had tennis training 5 days a week to play Venus Williams

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Saniyya Sidney in King Richard.
Saniyya Sidney in King Richard.
Photo: Warner Bros

To play tennis superstar Venus Williams, Saniyya Sidney trained for five days a week with Eric Taino, a tennis consultant for the new biographical drama King Richard now showing in cinemas.

"In the beginning, it was pretty bad, just getting to know the sport, plus, I'm left-handed. It's been a long process, but I look back at videos and see how far I've come," says the 15-year-old actor.

The new film starring Will Smith as the tennis superstars' father follows the girls as they break out in the sport, defying seemingly insurmountable odds.

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