142+ Best Serena Williams Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in women’s single tennis. Profoundly inspirational Serena Williams quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous 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. – Serena Williams

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

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. – Serena Williams

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 to take that to heart and really do never definitely give up. Keep trying. – Serena Williams

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

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

I talked with Tom Hanks. I saw that movie ‘Turner and Hooch’ at least 50 times. It took all my guts to go up to him. I went up to him, I was like, ‘Can I have a picture?’ We talked acting; he wanted to know what I was doing. We talked a little tennis. I mean, he knew all about myself and my sister. – Serena Williams

Everybody who plays me plays me so hard because they always want to beat me. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

My fridge is really just vegan: coconut water, Gatorade (my favorite!), cucumbers, mint, kale, vegetables, ginger, and wheat grass. – Serena Williams

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

For the younger sisters, we always look up to the older sisters because they’re always ahead of us and they always win. – Serena Williams

I am basically a blazer. If I were a clothing item, I would be a legging and a blazer. – Serena Williams

I was looking in the mirror today and my waist is still 28 inches. I think it’s all because I have a large bosom and a large ass. I have a large ass and it always just looks like I’m bigger than the rest of the girls. I could lose 20 pounds and I’m still going to have these knockers and I’m going to have this ass, and that’s just the way it is. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

Honestly, I could get in a car accident today and never play tennis again, and then I wouldn’t have anything to fall back on. But fortunately enough, I do. – Serena Williams

There’s always another record, then there’s always another person to catch up with or to pass. – Serena Williams

I’m an unbelievable designer. – Serena Williams

I never close my mind to anything and eventually want to branch out. But for now, tennis is still number one for me. – Serena Williams

I like to wear classic silhouettes and add a punch to it. – Serena Williams

I’m always learning new things. – Serena Williams

I need to be at my peak and my best is holding up the trophy. Anything less I wouldn’t be really excited about. So that’s all I can focus on. – Serena Williams

We’re in different categories. She [Venus Williams] does sports, I do more of the fashion side. – Serena Williams

I got involved in the design process a long time ago. I’ve been working with their main designer [Berlei] for a while. It’s been really fun all around. – Serena Williams

We do more ready-to-wear and ath-leisure, things you would wear everyday. I never close my mind to anything and eventually want to branch out. But for now, tennis is still number one for me. – Serena Williams

When I’m 32? Hopefully I’ll have made my mark with a few different movies, some scary ones and some comedies. I’m really funny, I have a great personality on the camera. – Serena Williams

I was having an out-of-body experience, it was so hot. I felt I was watching someone play in a blue dress, and it wasn’t me. – Serena Williams

Those who say that Serena isn’t serious about tennis; she wants to go Hollywood. That’s true, about Hollywood. I would love to get a lot of acting gigs. But you wouldn’t believe the stuff I’ve turned down because of my tournament schedule…I would do well beside (comedian) Chris Tucker. – Serena Williams

I figure J-Lo does all these movies and all these videos and all this other stuff…I know I can play tennis and act and do photo shoots and model. I know I can do all that. – Serena Williams

I’ve always made some legendary comebacks since 1998 when it first started. So that’s kind of just been my MO for my whole career. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

I think you have to love yourself before you fall in love. I’m still learning to love myself. – Serena Williams

My smile is my favorite part of my body. I think a smile can make your whole body. I want women to know that it’s ok. That you can be whatever size you are and be beautiful inside and out. – Serena Williams

Someone like Billie Jean King is completely my idol. – Serena Williams

I don’t know if I’ve had my share of drama, but I’ve definitely had my share of hard times. – Serena Williams

I think I actually made a very kind gesture out of nowhere; I decided in the middle of that match that for every ace I hit I want to donate money. I just think people should honestly look at themselves before they judge another person. I’ve never been spoiled. I want a Range Rover very bad, but I refuse to spend the money to buy a Range…The diamonds are borrowed. I won’t buy them because I’m too cheap. – Serena Williams

I wish I could play like Roger Federer. – Serena Williams

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

With my website, I’m really interactive. I’ve written a lot of things about me. – Serena Williams

I’ve never dated anybody. It’s good to get experience under your belt but you should never get wild or go crazy. If I can’t see myself with this person for life — I can’t be bothered. I can’t waste my time. I have some really good men friends but I believe in no sex before marriage. No fornicating. Stuff like that. I really believe in that. I mean, I’m not perfect. It’s hard to live by the Bible standards but I’m really comfortable with me. – Serena Williams

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

I feel as a brand I’m here to be around for a long time. – Serena Williams

My dad is a marketing mastermind. – Serena Williams

I was just tired of losing… Life was passing me by. – Serena Williams

No one likes getting their nails done more than I do. – Serena Williams

I don’t want to be like some of those celebrities walking around, just so full of themselves. I always want to be down-to-earth, want to be a person like when you meet them, they’re the same person that you think of them in the article or something. – Serena Williams

I don’t go thinking I’m going to lose. I never go into a tournament thinking that. I’ll do the best that I can. – Serena Williams

I never thought about leaving a tennis legacy. I always thought about leaving a legacy of fulfillment, living out your dreams, and giving back. – Serena Williams

I’m a big supporter of this product for women. And [my relationship with the brand Berlei] was so organic. I would go to the store and buy 40 or 50 bras every year because I could only get them in Australia at the time. And then eventually they heard that I would come and take all the stock. – Serena Williams

I think a smile can make your whole body. Models, they look fabulous, but they don’t smile, and they look so mad. – Serena Williams

I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger. – 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. – Serena Williams

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

Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard. – Serena Williams

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. – Serena Williams

It’s me, and I love me. I learned to love me. I’ve been like this my whole life, and I embrace me. I love how I look. I love that I’m a full woman and I’m strong and I’m powerful and I’m beautiful at the same time. There’s nothing wrong with that. – Serena Williams

I always believe I can beat the best, achieve the best. I always see myself in the top position. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

I think in life you should work on yourself until the day you die. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

Am I the greatest? I don’t know. I’m the greatest that I can be. – Serena Williams

If Plan A isn’t working, I have Plan B, Plan C, and even Plan D. – Serena Williams

When you lose, you get up, you make it better, you TRY AGAIN. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

Will I have to explain to my daughter that her brother is gonna make more money doing the exact same job because he’s a man? If they both played sports since they were three years old, they both worked just as hard, but because he’s a boy, they’re gonna give him more money? Like, how am I gonna explain that to her? In tennis we’ve had great pioneers that paved the way – including Venus [Williams], who fought so hard for Wimbledon to pay women the same prize money they pay men, and Billie Jean King, who is one of the main reasons Title IX exists. – Serena Williams

Victory is very, very sweet. It tastes better than any dessert you’ve ever had. – Serena Williams

I am not a robot. I have a heart and I bleed. – Serena Williams

If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

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.’ – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

I’ve developed a karaoke habit. I’ve become a crooner. – Serena Williams

I’ve always considered myself the best and the top. I never considered that I was out of it. – Serena Williams

Having a pulmonary embolism is definitely easier than heart break. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

I’m really exciting. I smile a lot, I win a lot, and I’m really sexy. – Serena Williams

Hopefully, we can build a rivalry and we’ll be able to do this a lot. Make a legacy, then retire champions. – Serena Williams

If anything, you know, I think losing makes me even more motivated. – Serena Williams

I’ve always been a fighter and I’ve always fought through things my whole life. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

I’ve always enjoyed acting. When we were younger, my sisters and I would put on plays for our parents. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

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

I’m thankful to my family, friends, and fans for all of their support. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

I’m definitely not at my best. Honestly, I’m under 50 percent. But I’ve won stuff under 50 percent before. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

I want to be a giving woman and just a nice person in general. – Serena Williams

I’m really super feminine, and I’m really soft. I’m very sensitive, I realized. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

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

I’m a real extrovert, but when I’m round someone new, I’m super shy. – Serena Williams

When I was younger, I was always obsessed with nails. – Serena Williams

I feel like I’m really young and I’m only thinking about my career and continuing playing. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

Tennis is my job, but it’s not my life. – Serena Williams

When I’m down, I talk to myself a lot. I look crazy because I’m constantly having an argument with myself. – Serena Williams

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? – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

What’s going to make me happy is going on the court and holding up trophies, singles and doubles. – Serena Williams

People want more fit arms, but my arms are too fit. But I’m not complaining. They pay my bills. – Serena Williams

I’m a perfectionist. I’m pretty much insatiable. I feel there’s so many things I can improve on. – Serena Williams

Honestly, I don’t read the press. I don’t know what they’re saying. – Serena Williams

I do want to look good still; I do want to be healthy. – Serena Williams

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

I’ve never been over-dramatic in my whole career. – Serena Williams

Once I serve well, my whole game goes up. – Serena Williams

When you’re playing the best player in the world, you’ve got to play well. – Serena Williams

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. – Serena Williams

My school was really small, but I was called the Class Clown! – Serena Williams

I think it’s bad when people start booing between serves. – Serena Williams

If I step on a scale, I won’t eat for five months. – Serena Williams

My dad is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet, and the easiest going. – Serena Williams

Like I said, in a later round, it’s definitely easier, … I’ve never played her this early, so it’s a little tough. – Serena Williams

Last year we in Palm Beach got hit really bad. – Serena Williams

So, I can only imagine what it must be like in New Orleans, especially looking at all the footage, all the rain, all this horrible stuff. I thought it would be just a halfway decent gesture. – Serena Williams

She’s playing unbelievable, so I’m going to have to pick it up. Venus has been working hard for quite some time to turn this thing up. She’s always in the gym, running miles, always practicing. . . . It was just a matter of timing. – Serena Williams

She should have a high level of confidence and I hope next time we play it will be in the final. Early on is awkward and bizarre. – Serena Williams

She played well, she was ready for the match and she’s deserved to win, – Serena Williams

She is simply too strong, … I expect to learn something from her, and if I am lucky enough, maybe I could create some chances. – Serena Williams

My game has matured, and mentally, I’ve just matured to another level. That is a major factor in it. Some people mature really late. – Serena Williams

No one gets me more motivated than Venus because I don’t want her to catch up with me yet. She’s at five (Grand Slam tournament titles) now. I still have seven. So I got to keep ahead. – Serena Williams

I was fighting, and it was pretty much all I had, … It didn’t feel good, and I wasn’t moving to any balls. I was trying to shorten points and just do what I could. – Serena Williams

I disagree 100 percent with that, … We’ve had some incredibly tough matches. – Serena Williams

I had worn five carat diamond earrings at Wimbledon. But the earrings I had today were $40,000 earrings on loan and one fell out during the first set. New York and the U.S. Open are the biggest stages and I wanted to do something special. I love everything about the U.S. Open except the line calls. – Serena Williams

I can’t say I’m sad, … I can’t necessarily say I’m very disappointed. – Serena Williams

I don’t think you realize, I have a fashion company, – Serena Williams

I think it’s great, I’m actually rooting for her – unless of course she plays me. – Serena Williams

It could come very soon. All I can do is play to get to the fourth round. Venus and I just have to get there. No one gets me more motivated than Venus. She won Wimbledon and has five majors. I still have seven titles. So I have to stay ahead of her. – Serena Williams

I think that’s definitely going to be the most exciting, … One of us will be going to the quarters. – Serena Williams

It definitely could be very soon, … but the only way to think about it is just play to get there, don’t go out before. That’s all we can do. There’s nothing else I can do except get back to one and two in the world. – Serena Williams

I’m here to play female tennis. I’ve never been involved in men’s tennis. . . . I wouldn’t be tempted. – Serena Williams

I wasn’t used to the conditions and…I had to kind of gather myself. When I won the second set I was really relaxed and then I just got a little too anxious in the third and was missing a few shots. – Serena Williams

We don’t have play time anymore because she’s always on the computer. … I’m like, ‘Are you serious? Why don’t you come to the pool?’ – Serena Williams

There are like 50 players from Russia in the top 10. Every week you have to play an ‘ova. They ask, ‘Who’re you playing?’ I say, ‘I’m playing an ‘ova’ today. – Serena Williams

When the dress was too big on Lyn, I didn’t even show it, but I was really disgusted inside. I wanted to scream, – Serena Williams

Two or three years ago, she was playing really awesome, … Now she’s playing unbelievable. – Serena Williams

To me it doesn’t matter. If they’d closed the roof I would have been okay, but if they kept it open I was fine too. – Serena Williams

Ankle’s good, but I’m just dealing with some issues with my knee because of my ankle, … Since it went bad, my ankle, my knee got a little weak. Well, weaker than it has been in the past…I was so angry (during the match), I just wanted to crack every racket. But I didn’t do it. That’s a plus…I wasn’t even moving to any balls. I have tomorrow off so maybe that can help but I’ll have to see what my therapist says. – Serena Williams

There’s no better stage than the U.S. Open for me. I definitely love it. – Serena Williams

I used to do gymnastics, so sometimes when I would go to the pool, I would go to the diving board, … But I was always too scared to jump off. – Serena Williams

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