85 Inspirational Serena Williams Quotes

Serena Williams quotes

The ultimate collection of Serena Williams quotes

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Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player and is widely considered among the greatest tennis players of all time.

She was ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association for 319 weeks and won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other player in the open era.

10 Inspirational quotes by Serena Williams

“I don’t have regrets. I don’t live in the past. I live in the present and learn not to make the same mistakes in the future.”

“I’ve learned to love me. I’ve been like this my whole life and I embrace me. I love how I look. I am a full woman and I’m strong, and I’m powerful, and I’m beautiful at the same time.”

“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.”

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

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

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

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

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

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

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

12 Best quotes from Serena Williams

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

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

“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.”

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

“I don’t like to lose-at anything… Yet I’ve grown most not from victories, but setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us.”

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

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

“I can’t become satisfied, because if I get satisfied, I’ll be like, “Oh, I’ve won Wimbledon, I’ve won the U.S. Open. Now can I relax.” But now people are really going to be fighting to beat me.”

“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 an incredibly handson mother. Nothing is a sacrifice when it comes to Olympia. It all just makes sense.”

“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.”

10 Motivational Serena Williams quotes

“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.”

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

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

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

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

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

10 Famous quotes from Serena Williams

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

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

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

“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.”

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

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

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

 “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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

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

“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 wish I could play like Roger Federer.”

“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.”

“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.”

10 Awesome Serena Williams Quotes

“There weren’t a lot of role models for me to look up to [in the sport] and say, ‘Wow, I want to look like this!’. I kind of had to be that role and be that person… Venus and I started out being successful, continued to be successful, and we were also unapologetically ourselves. We were not afraid to wear braids. We weren’t afraid to be Black in tennis. And that was different.”

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

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

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

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

“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’m definitely not a fearless individual.”

“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 never left my roots.”

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

10 More quotes from a tennis legend

“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.”

“I want to go out at my peak. That’s my goal. But have I peaked yet?”

“As a Black tennis player, I looked different. I sounded different. I dressed differently. I served differently. But when I stepped onto the court, I could compete with anyone.”

“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.”

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

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

“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’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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

13 Random quotes from Serena Williams

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

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

“I’ve never felt invincible.”

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

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

Serena Williams quotes
Serena Williams quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”