Inspirational Quotes From Serena Williams For Every Moment of Life

Whether she’s subverting stiff sporting dress codes, helping to build schools in Jamaica, or speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the player never fails to impress – both on and off the court.

“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.”

On embracing your uniqueness

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

On failure

“Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy – here you go. If I can do it, so can you.”

On motherhood

“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.”

On feminism

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

On family

“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.”

On being her own role model

 “Sport has literally changed my life. I’m here because of sport. It has given me a lot of confidence, a lot of courage, and a lot of discipline. It’s helped me to be the person that I’ve grown to be today.”

On the power of sport

“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.”

On regret

“I’ll always think about what I could have done better. Could I have come up on the net? Been more consistent? It’s not anger. It’s analysing: What can I do next time?”

On always improving

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

On never giving up

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

On her legacy