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HBO Max released the trailer for King Richard, starring Will Smith. The biopic is based on the life of Venus and Serena Williams' no nonsense father Richard Williams.

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The casting of Will Smith as Richard Williams was criticized because Smith is light skin and Williams is dark skinned in real life.

The Williams sisters dominated women's tennis in the 1990s and 2000s. Serena, 39, is on pace to tie the record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era.

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Venus, left, and Serena, right, are pictured with their father, Richard, at a tennis center in 1992.

The movie also stars Demi Singleton as a young Serena and Saniyya Sidney as a young Venus.

King Richard was produced on a budget of $100 million.

King Richard opens in theaters everywhere on November 19.
 

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Serena Williams dropped a set in her 3rd round victory against Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu on day 4 of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris.

Williams beat Buzarnescu 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to advance to the 3rd round, where she faces 27-year-old Danielle Rose Collins, of St. Petersburg, Florida.

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The 38-year-old mom-of-one is seeded 7th in the Grand Slam tournament. She is chasing an elusive record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.

Williams hasn't won the French Open since 2015 and hasn't made it past the quarterfinals at Roland Garros since giving birth to her daughter in 2017.

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She supported tennis superstar Naomi Osaka who withdrew from the tournament on Monday after she was fined $15,000 for refusing to speak to the press.

Osaka, 23, beat Patricia Maria Tig in the first round on Sunday, and was scheduled to face Ana Bogdan in the second round on Wednesday.

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"I feel for Naomi," Williams told reporters on Monday. "I wish I could give her a hug because I know what it's like. I've been in those positions. We have different personalities.

"People are different and not everyone is the same. I'm thick [skinned] and other people are thin. Everyone is different and everyone handles things differently. You just have to let her handle it the way she wants to and the best way she thinks she can. I think she's doing the best that she can."

Her sister, Venus Williams, was more blunt.

The former No. 1 women's tennis player told reporters:

"I know every single person asking me a question can't play as well as I can and never will. So, no matter what you say or what you write, you'll never light a candle to me."

 

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Lori Harvey raided her mom, Marjorie Harvey's closet to find a '70s style outfit to attend Drake's Billboard after party with beau Micheal B Jordan. The couple held hands while leaving the after party at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

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Russell Westbrook shows off his eccentric style, wearing a plaid kilt and leg coverings from his own clothing brand Honor The Gift. Russell was spotted heading out of his hotel in Philadelphia.

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Jennifer Lopez was seen exiting her Uber while wearing a billowy white shirt dress which accentuated her toned legs. JLo enjoyed an afternoon lunching with family and friends in front of the bay of Miami Beach.

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Serena Williams attends the Monaco Grand Prix in Monaco on Sunday.

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber dressed casual but chic as they attended Drake's Billboard after-party at the Sofi stadium in Inglewood.

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Draya looks edgy in leather outside Drake's Billboard after-party at the Sofi Stadium in Inglewood.

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Singer Doja Cat dressed to impress as she arrives for a Billboard Music Awards after-party at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood.

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Serena Williams lost in straight sets to Katerina Siniakova in round 2 of the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma, Italy on Tuesday.

She was the top seed going into the second round when she lost to 18-year-old Katerina, 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Serena was invited to play in Parma after losing in the opening round at the Italian Open last week.

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The 39-year-old mom-of-one has less than two weeks to prepare for the start of the French Open on May 30.

Serena has lost the last three Slam final events as she struggles to draw even with Australian tennis legend Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slams.

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The curvy tennis champ was criticized on Black Twitter for apparently bleaching her skin in preparation for the next chapter of her life after she hangs up her tennis rackets for good.

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One Twitter user wrote: "Man did Serena Williams really bleach her skin? I knew it was going left after she married ol boy," referring to Serena's Caucasian husband, Alexis Ohanian.

Another user tweeted, "Serena Williams bleach her skin smh ... wow that's nasty for real."
 

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Serena Williams burst into tears and abruptly ended her post-game press conference after her loss to Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals at the 2021 Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Naomi, 23, easily defeated Williams 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the 2021 Australian Open final.

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Serena embraced Naomi at the net after her defeat. Naomi, who holds a 3-2 record over Serena, denied the superstar her chance to win her 24th career Grand Slam singles title, which she's been chasing since 2018.

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The 39-year-old mom-of-one lost her composure during the post-match press conference after she was asked if she was saying her final "farewell" to the Australian Open.

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"Some people wondered if... you were almost saying farewell," said the reporter.

"I don't know. If I ever say farewell, I wouldn't tell anyone," Serena laughed.

But it was apparent that the question affected her emotionally.

Serena fought back tears as a different reporter asked if her "unforced errors" were caused by "a bad day at the office."

"I don't know... I'm done," she said, before rising from her seat and walking away.
 
 

 

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Serena Williams abruptly withdrew from the French Open, citing an Achilles heel injury that made it difficult to walk.

Williams withdrew from the French Open three weeks after losing her best chance for a 24th Grand Slam championship at the U.S. Open in New York.

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On Wednesday, Williams, 38, announced she was withdrawing from the French Open and is "struggling to walk" due to the severity of the injury.

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"I really wanted to give an effort here. It's my Achilles that didn't have enough time to properly heal after the (US) Open," Williams said at a press conference. "I was able to get it somewhat better, but just looking long term in this tournament -- will I be able to get through enough matches? For me, I don't think I could. Struggling to walk, so that's kind of a telltale sign I should try to recover."

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It takes a very special mom to go that extra mile for their children. Serena Williams is that mom who spends quality time playing dress up with her daughter Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Yes, it helps that Serena is a multimillionaire tennis superstar with plenty of time on her hands.

On Thursday, the 38-year-old tennis superstar shared an Instagram photo that showed her twinning with Olympia wearing matching princess dresses.

In the photo, Olympia gives her mommy a hand zipping up her dress.

"She's got my back already. And I'll always have hers," Serena captioned the post.

Serena has previously shared photos of Olympia twinning while playing tennis and channeling Belle from "Beauty and the Beast."

Olympia doesn't need a babysitter, as she goes everywhere with her parents.

Olympia's dad, Reddit.com co-founder, Alexis Ohanian retired at age 37 to be a stay-at-home dad.

Olympia is a very fortunate little girl.
 

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Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian has resigned as a Reddit board member and called on officials to fill his seat with a black candidate to help "curb racial hate".

The 37-year-old investor, who co-founded the popular news aggregation site, announced his resignation in an impassioned statement on Friday, revealing he wanted to do more to support the black community in honor of Alexis Olympia, the 2-year-old daughter he shares with 38-year-old tennis icon Williams, who is black.

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"I have resigned as a member of the reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate," Ohanian shared.

"It is long overdue to do the right thing. I'm doing this for me, for my family, and for my country. I'm saying this as a father who needs to be able to answer his black daughter when she asks: 'What did you do?'"

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Ohanian, who was estimated to have a net worth of $70 million in a Forbes magazine article last year, went on to explain he will be using "future gains" from his shares in Reddit to "serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate", starting with a $1 million donation to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to fight police brutality.

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Serena Williams won her first tennis title in three years at the Auckland Classic on Sunday. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion beat unseeded fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-4 to win her 73rd WTA title overall.

It is Williams' first title since she won the Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant with her daughter Olympia in 2017.

"It feels good. It's been a long time," Williams said. "I think you could see the relief on my face."

"I have been playing for so long and been through so much and I'm happy to be doing something I love," she told reporters.

The 38-year-old mother of one celebrated with her 2-year-old daughter Olympia on the court. Williams will donate her $43,000 prize money and her match-worn tennis dresses to a fund to battle bush fires in Australia.

Williams seeks to tie tennis legend Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open, beginning on January 20.

Williams and her doubles partner Caroline Wozniacki were beaten 6-4 6-4 by Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend in the women's doubles final.

U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter.com to congratulate Williams on her big win. Trump called Williams "a great player and an even greater person."

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One of Venus and Serena Williams' 19 siblings is speaking out about their father, Richard Williams, whom she calls a "serial cheat."

Sabrina, 55, is Richard's firstborn daughter. She is speaking out for the first time about her famous father, who left home to buy her a bicycle when she was 8 years old, and never returned.

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Sabrina says Richard abandoned his family and ran off with another woman. The other woman later became his wife and bore him 2 girls - Venus and Serena - who went on to become tennis superstars.

"My mom told me later that he's never coming back," Sabrina said. "We went from having everything to nothing. The best dresses, parties, we'd go places. Now there was no new shoes or clothes. He's not a dad. He was just a sperm donor."

Despite growing up estranged from her famous siblings, Sabrina said she holds no animosity towards them and she hopes one day they can all meet and put the past behind them.

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Richard, 77, is pictured at a tennis match with his ex-wife Lakeisha Graham in 2012. She is the mother of his youngest child, Dylan.

Sabrina said she knows of between 15 and 19 siblings that Richard fathered. She believes there may be more siblings in the wild.

"I know there's more siblings, I was told between fifteen and nineteen all over the place, from LA to Louisiana," she told SunOnline.

"My mom always argued with my dad about his affairs, he was a serial cheat. I remember that was always the main thing they'd talk about."

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After suffering abuse at the hands of her mother for years, Sabrina left home at age 20 or 21 and slept in her car for six months.

"Somehow I got hold of my dad through a relative and asked for $1,000 to pay some of the college bill at Hope Christian University," she told SunOnline.

"He said he'd only give me the money as a loan. That's when I knew he was an a**hole."

Sabrina, who has two sons, says she met her famous siblings for the first time at Knott's Berry Farm, a theme park in California. The sisters were there with Richard.

"I saw him and thought: 'Hey, that looks like my dad."

"I went over, we exchanged hellos, and we hung out for an hour, that was it. He gave me his number and told me to call him, then guess what? The number he gave me was out of order."