Serena Williams continues to be ultimate #goals in a recent profile with Fader detailing her years of success and setbacks in the world of tennis.
For those who don’t know the scope of how dominant Serena is in her sport, here are some recent statistics from the past two years: In addition to being tied for the second-most Grand Slam titles ever won, Serena has also won the most Grand Slam matches of anyone in the history of tennis regardless of gender. Talk about totally badass. So, what are some of the awesome things one of our favorite athletes told Fader? Here are our top five Serena Williams quotes that’ll make you want to go out and hit some tennis balls or climb a mountain or something.
1. She’s Learned to Tune People Out
“Since the day I won the U.S. Open, my very first Grand Slam, I never read articles about myself. If I saw my name mentioned, I’d look away. I looked at the pictures, but that’s pretty much it. I didn’t want to get too cocky, and at the same time I didn’t want to have that negative energy. I don’t know why I did it, but I did it. Ever since then I’ve been really low-key.”
2. She’s Not Afraid to Love Herself
“It’s going to make you feel that I have confidence in myself whether you like me or not, or you like the way I look or not, if I do. That’s the message I try to tell other women and in particular young girls. You have to love you, and if you don’t love you no one else will. And if you do love you, people will see that and they’ll love you too.”
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3. She’s Focused on the Game
“You can’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, and I think that’s really important for people to realize that, yeah, it might be in the back of my head or it might be in my mind once it’s over. But in that moment, if you want to be successful, it’s so important to focus on your technique, what you need to do, how you got there, the hard work you did to get there, and to bring all that together and do your utmost to win.”
4. She Admires the Two Simones (Biles and Manuel)
“I think all of the women are so poised. I really find them so amazing, especially Biles. Her comments, her performance, I feel like she’s 35 years old, mentally. She’s just so incredible. If anything, I wish I could be like her when I was younger. Same with miss Manuel. It could be that society’s changed and there are so many things that are different now.”
5. She Encourages Everyone to Speak Up
“I think that’s where the mistake is made, thinking that someone is better or in a better position than anyone else. It doesn’t matter your background or where you’re coming from. I think it’s really important, first of all, to realize that it doesn’t matter if you’re living where I’m from, Compton, or if you’re living somewhere else — that’s what makes the world go round. Each person is just as important as the next. Each person has a voice.”
And in case you’re wondering, Fader reporter Elena Bergeron asked Serena to comment on her dating life. And like a boss, she said that it’s totally her prerogative to keep that private.