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Serena Williams, along with her sister Venus, is one of the greatest female athletes ever.

She is an American professional tennis player, winner of multiple grand slam titles, and one of the best tennis players of all time.

On the tennis court, she is a queen, and off it, she’s pretty inspiring too.

Check out these fantastic Serena Williams quotes about tennis, life, and what it means to be a champion.

Top 10 Inspirational quotes from Serena Williams

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

“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.”

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

“I decided I shouldn’t get nervous and just do the best I can.”

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

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

“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.”

“I don’t like to lose – at anything… yet I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks.”

“I’m a real extrovert, but when I’m around someone new, I’m super shy.”

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

“If I have a daughter and she plays tennis, and I have a son who plays tennis, I wouldn’t say that my son deserves more money because he’s a man. I would say they deserve the same amount of money.”

10 Best Quotes from one of the greatest female athletes of all time

“I always ask my dad why wasn’t I a lefty? Even when I was younger I wanted to be lefty. I could have been really good.”

“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 don’t have anything to prove ever, ever in my life. If I have something to prove, what does that mean for everyone else? And I think everyone should have that attitude.”

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

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

“Am I the greatest? I don’t know. I’m the greatest that I can be.”

“Hold serve, Hold serve, Hold serve. Focus, Focus, Focus. Be confident, Be confident, Be confident. Hold serve. Hold, Hold, Hold. Move Up, Attack, Kill. Smile. Hold!!!”

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

“With a defeat, when you lose, you get up, you make it better, you try again.”

“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.”

15 Motivational quotes from former world no.1 Serena Williams

“I wish I could play like Roger Federer.”

“I think you have to love yourself before you fall in love.”

“If I’m winning, I have to act like I’m not bored […] I’m a drama queen.”

“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.”

“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.”

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

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

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

“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.”

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

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

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

“Legendary? I don’t know. I’m just Serena.”

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

“I’m a high-performance athlete: I’m running, I’m sprinting, I’m sliding, I’m doing pretty much everything and the last thing I want to worry about is my chest.”

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

“Everyone is from Russia. Sometimes I think I’m from Russia, too. All these new Ovas. I don’t know anyone. I don’t really recognize anyone. That’s just how it is.”

15 powerful Serena Williams quotes

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

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

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

“I never left my roots.”

“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.”

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

“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.”

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

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

“My smile is my favorite part of my body. I think a smile can make your whole body.”

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

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

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

“I really hope that I can be helpful in that journey because I do believe that women deserve the same pay. We work just as hard as men do.”

“It’s a lot of bling to play with. You got to have the bling.”

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

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

10 Serena Wiliams quotes about being a champion

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

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

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

“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up.”

“You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out.”

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

“Everybody who plays me plays me so hard because they always want to beat me.”

“I just never give up. I fight to the end. You can’t go out and say, ‘I want a bag of never-say-die spirit.’ It’s not for sale. It has to be innate.”

“Everyone always says never give up but you really have to take that to heart and really do never definitely give up. Keep trying.”

“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.”

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

10 Serena Williams quotes from a tennis world champion

“Dad, thanks for leaning in by helping me become a role model for young girls.”

“I just hate to lose. When I am on the court, it is like my life depends on it.”

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

“If you smile things will work out. Since I don’t look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that.”

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

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

“Who says that your thirties is when you’re supposed to be done? I would like to know who made that rule!”

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

“I like to do something while my career is still hot and I’ve always enjoyed designing.”

“I think my father is probably the best coach ever because, if we talk about numbers, he’s got a lot and he’s only had two players.”

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

10 powerful quotes from American tennis player Serena Williams

“You just have to prove to yourself that you can go out there and be the best that you can be and not prove anything to anyone.”

“With my website, I’m really interactive. I’ve written a lot of things about me.”

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

“Being lucky takes hard work”

“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.”

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

“I’ve never felt invincible.”

“I love how I look. I’m a full woman and I’m strong, and I’m powerful, and I’m beautiful at the same time.”

“I’m definitely not a fearless individual.”

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

3 final quotes from a tennis icon

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

“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.”

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

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