King Richard casts Will Smith as the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams and finds Venus revisiting the first defeat of her professional career.
With extremely successful careers that have spanned decades when did Venus Williams and Serena Williams go professional?
When was Venus Williams’ first professional tennis match?
According to Tennis Buzz, Venus Williams made her professional tenni debut on October 31st 1994 at 14-years-old beating 59th ranked Shaun Stafford in the first round of Bank Of The West Classic in Oakland.
She joined the WTA tour full time in 1997 and was successful in reaching the US Open final where she was defeated by Martina Hingis.
Venus Williams’ first defeat in King Richard
King Richard follows Venus Williams who is played by Saniyya Sidney as she is defeated in her second professional match by No. 2-ranked Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
After the match, the real Richard Williams said: “I’m pleased with her performance, but I’m also happy that she lost. It gives us a chance to go home and let her be a 14-year-old for the rest of the year.”
When did Serena Williams go pro?
Per Britannica, Williams learned tennis from her father on the public courts in Los Angeles and turned professional one year later than her sister Venus in 1995.
She was the first Williams sister to win a Grand Slam singles title which she achieved in the 1999 US Open. But the pair went on to win the doubles event at the same tournament. Over the course of their careers the dynamic duo teamed up for 14 Grand Slam doubles titles.