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Serena Williams Quotes


“Everyone's dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard.”


“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.”


“It doesn't matter what your background is or where you come from, if you have dreams and goals, that's all that matters.”


“Growing up I wasn't the richest, but I had a rich family in spirit.”


“If Plan A isn't working, I have Plan B, Plan C, and even Plan D.”


“Don't let anyone work harder than you do.”


“I am lucky that whatever fear I have within me, my desire to win is always stronger.”


“If you smile, things will work out.”


“Make sure you're very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.”


“I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.”


“Victory is very, very sweet. It tastes better than any dessert you've ever had.”


“If I don't get it right, I don't stop until I do.”


“Overpower. Overtake. Overcome.”


“Luck has nothing to do with it, I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.”


“If winning is God's reward, then losing is how he teaches us.”


“Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on.”


“Growing up I wasn't the richest, but I had a rich family in spirit. Standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen. I went on a court just with a ball and a racket and with a hope.”


“Think of all the girls who could become top athletes but quit sports because they're afraid of having too many defined muscles and being made fun of or called unattractive.”


“I decided I can't pay a person to rewind time, so I may as well get over it.”


“I think you have to love yourself before you fall in love. I'm still learning to love myself.”


“Family's first, and that's what matters most. We realize that our love goes deeper than the tennis game.”


“There's one thing I'm really good at, and that's hitting the ball over a net, in a box. I'm excellent.”


“With a defeat, when you lose, you get up, you make it better, you try again. That's what I do in life, when I get down, when I get sick, I don't want to just stop. I keep going and I try to do more. Everyone always says never give up but you really have”


“I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger.”


“You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We're always told what's beautiful and what's not, and that's not right.”


“I always believe I can beat the best, achieve the best. I always see myself in the top position.”


“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you're very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.”


“I'm definitely not a fearless individual.”


“I've had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.”


“Everything comes at a cost. Just what are you willing to pay for it?”


“Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.”


“I think in life you should work on yourself until the day you die.”


“I'm thankful to my family, friends, and fans for all of their support.”


“If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that's concentration.”


“I'm a real extrovert, but when I'm round someone new, I'm super shy.”


“Venus told me the other day that champions don't get nervous in tight situations. That really helped me a lot. I decided I shouldn't get nervous and just do the best I can.”


“Someone like Billie Jean King is completely my idol.”


“I was just tired of losing... Life was passing me by.”


“I wanted to get really fit. I wanted to lose some weight. So I've been doing Pilates and yoga, trying to lean out my body so I won't be bulky.”


“My dad is the nicest guy you'll ever meet, and the easiest going.”


“I'm so frugal, you wouldn't believe it.”


“I'm an athlete and I'm black, and a lot of black athletes go broke. I do not want to become a statistic, so maybe I overcompensate. But I'm paranoid. Oprah told me a long time ago, 'You sign every check. Never let anyone sign any checks.'”


“How many people yell at linespeople? I see it happening all the time. I don't know how many times I have seen that happen.”


“I'm really exciting. I smile a lot, I win a lot, and I'm really sexy.”


“I love who I am, and I encourage other people to love and embrace who they are. But it definitely wasn't easy - it took me a while.”


“Tennis just a game, family is forever.”


“I've had to learn to fight all my life - got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.”


“Tennis is my job, but it's not my life.”


“I am not a robot. I have a heart and I bleed.”


“We're going in really fresh. We're going to have fresh legs and bodies, we're going to be able to stay the distance, and that's our goal.”


“To this day, I don't love my arms. People want more fit arms, but my arms are too fit. But I'm not complaining. They pay my bills.”


“I've always considered myself the best and the top. I never considered that I was out of it.”


“I'm really super feminine, and I'm really soft. I'm very sensitive, I realized.”


“I'm totally human.”


“People see me on the court only as a superhero, grunting and winning. They think you're a robot, and I'm not.”


“It's always good to get a smaller tournament under your belt so that by the time you get to the Slams, you have a lot of experience.”


“I hate losing.”


“I'm not used to crying. It's a little difficult. All my life I've had to fight. It's just another fight I'm going to have to learn how to win, that's all. I'm just going to have to keep smiling.”


“No one likes getting their nails done more than I do.”


“If I step on a scale, I won't eat for five months.”


“The knee just isn't 100 percent. It's hard to be out there when you know that you can't play at your best and could potentially make it worse.”


“I love my dogs.”


“I'm Serena Williams on the court, but away I have so many different names. I call myself Butterfly.”


“All my life I'd woken up to tennis, tennis, tennis. Even if I don't go to practise, I'm thinking about it all day.”


“When I'm down, I talk to myself a lot. I look crazy because I'm constantly having an argument with myself.”


“I want to be a giving woman and just a nice person in general.”


“I think it's bad when people start booing between serves.”


“Having a pulmonary embolism is definitely easier than heart break.”


“Since I don't look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good.”


“If anything, you know, I think losing makes me even more motivated.”


“I've thought it would be cool to have a baby young. You know, be my road dog - like my dogs, they travel the world - but there's always something you have to give up for success. Everything comes at a cost. Just what are you willing to pay for it?”


“I've always been a fighter and I've always fought through things my whole life.”


“My mom taught me how to sew when I was 2 or 3, so I've been sewing for as long as I can remember.”


“I think a smile can make your whole body. Models, they look fabulous, but they don't smile, and they look so mad.”


“I'm a perfectionist. I'm pretty much insatiable. I feel there's so many things I can improve on.”


“I've developed a karaoke habit. I've become a crooner.”


“I love going to movies.”


“Hopefully, we can build a rivalry and we'll be able to do this a lot. Make a legacy, then retire champions.”


“I don't know if I've had my share of drama, but I've definitely had my share of hard times.”


“When you're playing the best player in the world, you've got to play well.”


“Honestly, I don't read the press. I don't know what they're saying.”


“I try not to have too many rituals because I believe that rituals don't help you win. I used to do rituals a lot and it was crazy.”


“I've always enjoyed acting. When we were younger, my sisters and I would put on plays for our parents.”


“I love designing dresses and tops.”


“I want to knock on people's doors and preach. But I also meet a lot of people on planes and in restaurants, and you can preach with them or place some literature with them.”


“What's going to make me happy is going on the court and holding up trophies, singles and doubles.”


“I always say that when I'm playing well, no one can beat me. I'm not just saying that to sound full of myself or anything, but it's true.”


“I feel as a brand I'm here to be around for a long time.”


“My dad is a marketing mastermind.”


“I'm definitely not at my best. Honestly, I'm under 50 percent. But I've won stuff under 50 percent before.”


“When I was younger, I was always obsessed with nails.”


“I love going shopping.”


“My story isn't over... This is just a new part of my life. My baby is going to be in the stands - hopefully cheering for me and not crying too much!”


“I'm an unbelievable designer.”


“Once I serve well, my whole game goes up.”


“I'm super-curvy.”


“I am here to play women's tennis. I'm a lady. Predominantly, most of the time I always like to play ladies.”


“I feel like I'm really young and I'm only thinking about my career and continuing playing.”


“I love tennis more than designing because it's actually easier and I don't get nearly as nervous.”


“I do want to look good still; I do want to be healthy.”


“I've never been over-dramatic in my whole career.”


“My school was really small, but I was called the Class Clown!”


“I definitely have found a balance. I've had so many offers in the past to do different movies or different things and I always choose tournaments over it.”

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