115 Inspiring Serena Williams Quotes for Success in Life

Serena Williams born on September 26, 1981 is hailed as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

From the public courts of Compton, California, Williams’ journey to stardom began under the guidance of her parents, Richard Williams and Oracene Price.

Their relentless drive propelled Williams to her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in 1999.

Serena Williams

Overcoming adversities, including racial slurs and a series of injuries, she emerged stronger, securing 23 Grand Slam titles and etching her name in the annals of tennis history.

Serena’s ‘Serena Slam’ of 2003 saw her hold all four major titles simultaneously.

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Off-court, Serena has made strides in fashion with her clothing and jewelry lines, advocated for equitable prize money and worked as a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador.

This extraordinary athlete, who overcame personal and professional challenges, continues to inspire through her hard work and excellence both on and off the tennis court.

I have collected some of the best quotes from Serena Williams for you.

Best Serena Williams Quotes


1. “Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream.” ~ (Serena Williams).

2. “I think you have to love yourself before you fall in love. I’m still learning to love myself.” ~ (Serena Williams).

3. “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).

4. “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).

5. “I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” ~ (Serena Williams).

6. “If you smile, things will work out.” ~ (Serena Williams).

7. “I am lucky that whatever fear I have inside me, my desire to win is always stronger.” ~ (Serena Williams).

8. “I think in life you should work on yourself until the day you die.” ~ (Serena Williams).

9. “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).


10. “If Plan A isn’t working, I have Plan B, Plan C, and even Plan D.” ~ (Serena Williams).

11. “Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard.” ~ (Serena Williams).

12. “Luck has nothing to do with it.” ~ (Serena Williams).

13. “I always believe I can beat the best, achieve the best. I always see myself in the top position.” ~ (Serena Williams).

14. “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.” ~ (Serena Williams).

15. “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).

16. “We all know who the real number one is. Quite frankly, I’m the best in the world.” ~ (Serena Williams).

Inspirational Serena Williams Quotes

17. “I’m not one to blame anyone else for anything. And I don’t think anyone else should either.” ~ (Serena Williams).

18. “I don’t know if I’ve had my share of drama, but I’ve definitely had my share of hard times.” ~ (Serena Williams).

19. “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).

20. “I just hate to lose. When I am on the court, it is like my life depends on it.” ~ (Serena Williams).

21. “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).

22. “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).

23. “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).

24. “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).

25. “If anything, you know, I think losing makes me even more motivated.” ~ (Serena Williams).

26. “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).

27. “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).

28. “I’m a perfectionist. I’m pretty much insatiable. I feel there’s so many things I can improve on.” ~ (Serena Williams).

29. “I’ve always considered myself the best and the top. I never considered that I was out of it.” ~ (Serena Williams).


30. “Tennis is just a game, family is forever.” ~ (Serena Williams).

31. “When you lose, you get up, you make it better, you TRY AGAIN.” ~ (Serena Williams).

32. “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).

Top Serena Williams Quotes

33. “I’m like a chameleon. I can kind of change and get my game going to whatever the situation is. If I play well, which I don’t think I’ve even reached yet at all in this tournament, it’s really hard for anyone to beat me.” ~ (Serena Williams).

34. “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).

35. “I try not to be protected. Because I feel like you can become a little bit of a robot. That’s not who I am. And I don’t want to be monotone. It’s important to be yourself, whatever the cost.” ~ (Serena Williams).

36. “If I’m winning, I have to act like I’m not bored. If it’s A tough match, I have to act like I’m having A good time. I’m a drama queen.” ~ (Serena Williams).

37. “Victory is very, very sweet. It tastes better than any dessert you’ve ever had.” ~ (Serena Williams).

38. “I meet people who say, “Girl, I watch every match, and I pray for you.” I feel that energy and those prayers. Sometimes when I’m down on the court, in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, “They want me to win. Is there anything else I can give?” It encourages me to do better, to fight harder.” ~ (Serena Williams).

39. “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).

40. “My smile is my favorite part of my body. I think a smile can make your whole body.” ~ (Serena Williams).

41. “There’s always another record, then there’s always another person to catch up with or to pass.” ~ (Serena Williams).

42. “There are people who live, breathe and dress tennis.” ~ (Serena Williams).

43. “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).

44. “I always say if I play my best it’s difficult to beat me.” ~ (Serena Williams).

45. “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).

46. “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).

47. “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).

Famous Serena Williams Quotes

48. “Someone like Billie Jean King is completely my idol.” ~ (Serena Williams).

49. “I’m playing to around 30% of my potential – you’d be shocked at what I could do.” ~ (Serena Williams).

50. “I love hitting aces. It’s not easy, but it makes your life a lot easier.” ~ (Serena Williams).

51. “Everybody who plays me plays me so hard because they always want to beat me.” ~ (Serena Williams).

52. “What’s going to make me happy is going on the court and holding up trophies, singles and doubles.” ~ (Serena Williams).

53. “I’ve always been a fighter and I’ve always fought through things my whole life.” ~ (Serena Williams).

54. “Who says that your thirties is when you’re supposed to be done? I would like to know who made that rule!” ~ (Serena Williams).

55. “I’m really super feminine, and I’m really soft. I’m very sensitive, I realized.” ~ (Serena Williams).


56. “I want to be a giving woman and just a nice person in general.” ~ (Serena Williams).

57. “I’m really exciting. I smile a lot, I win a lot, and I’m really sexy.” ~ (Serena Williams).

58. “I decided I can’t pay a person to rewind time, so I may as well get over it.” ~ (Serena Williams).

59. “I grew up watching my mom in the kitchen, that’s how I know anything about cooking. I’ve always wanted to go to a culinary class actually.” ~ (Serena Williams).

60. “I’m thankful to my family, friends, and fans for all of their support.” ~ (Serena Williams).

61. “Having a pulmonary embolism is definitely easier than heartbreak.” ~ (Serena Williams).

62. “Family’s first, and that’s what matters most. We realize that our love goes deeper than the tennis game.” ~ (Serena Williams).

63. “We’re sisters, we’re roommates, we’re all that.” ~ (Serena Williams).

Short Serena Williams Quotes

64. “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).

65. “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.” ~ (Serena Williams).

66. “You can’t play well if you don’t look good.” ~ (Serena Williams).

67. “I wish I could play like Roger Federer.” ~ (Serena Williams).

68. “My goal in a couple of years is to try to build a successful fashion house like Armani or Versace. I want that more than anything.” ~ (Serena Williams).

69. “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 recognise anyone. That’s just how it is. I think my name must be Williamsova.” ~ (Serena Williams).

70. “I just love leopard print.” ~ (Serena Williams).

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


72. “I’m an actress, model and athlete, and I’d put athlete third on the list.” ~ (Serena Williams).

73. “My coach has said to me, “When you win a match or a tournament, you don’t even think about it – the very next minute you’re like”.” ~ (Serena Williams).

74. “Hopefully, we can build a rivalry and we’ll be able to do this a lot. Make a legacy, then retire champions.” ~ (Serena Williams).

Motivational Serena Williams Quotes

75. “No one likes getting their nails done more than I do.” ~ (Serena Williams).

76. “I definitely want to have kids one day. That’s something I’ve always wanted since as long as I could remember. And the older I get, the more I’m like, “I’m too young!”” ~ (Serena Williams).

77. “I was talking to my mom one time, like, “Gosh, I’m 30.” And she’s like, “In your thirties you’re even stronger than in your twenties.” I didn’t believe her, but I have played better in my thirties.” ~ (Serena Williams).

78. “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).

79. “I feel like I don’t have to win anymore. I’ve had a wonderful career. Tennis has given me so much, things I would have never expected in my life. I feel honored to even be a part of such a wonderful sport.” ~ (Serena Williams).

80. “I’m not taking Zika lightly. Especially being older, I definitely am going everywhere protected. I’m protecting myself.” ~ (Serena Williams).

81. “I am not a robot. I have a heart and I bleed.” ~ (Serena Williams).

82. “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).


83. “Tennis is my job, but it’s not my life.” ~ (Serena Williams).

84. “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).

85. “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).

86. “With my website, I’m really interactive. I’ve written a lot of things about me.” ~ (Serena Williams).

Inspiring Serena Williams Quotes

87. “The guy is the greatest male athletes of all time.” ~ (Serena Williams).

88. “Am I the greatest? I don’t know. I’m the greatest that I can be.” ~ (Serena Williams).

89. “I’ve never felt invincible. I’ve never used that word to describe me ever.” ~ (Serena Williams).

90. “Couple years ago I was No. 7 and I ended up top. So I kind of like the position that I’m at right now. It’s hot.” ~ (Serena Williams).

91. “I have started to realize that I am really just a world athlete and a world entertainer – I am a world-known person, I am a global icon.” ~ (Serena Williams).

92. “My dad is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet, and the easiest going.” ~ (Serena Williams).

93. “Legendary? I don’t know. I’m just Serena.” ~ (Serena Williams).

94. “When you travel so much, the best and most relaxing thing is to just sit on the couch and not move.” ~ (Serena Williams).

95. “My dad is a marketing mastermind.” ~ (Serena Williams).

96. “I feel like I’m really young and I’m only thinking about my career and continuing playing.” ~ (Serena Williams).

97. “I would be really excellent in a horror film because I have a great scream. I’d be really good in a comedy too. I’m top, top, top quality.” ~ (Serena Williams).

98. “I’m so frugal, you wouldn’t believe it.” ~ (Serena Williams).

99. “I love going to movies.” ~ (Serena Williams).

100. “I love designing dresses and tops.” ~ (Serena Williams).

101. “I just could never have imagined that I would be mentioned with Chris Evert or with Martina Navratilova, because I was just a kid with a dream and a racquet. Living in Compton, this never happened before.” ~ (Serena Williams).

102. “It’s a lot of bling to play with. You got to have the bling.” ~ (Serena Williams).

103. “It’s amazing, but I guess that happens when you become overly famous. Every week now, I get more famous.” ~ (Serena Williams).

104. “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).

105. “If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that’s concentration.” ~ (Serena Williams).

106. “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).

107. “It’s a corset design making me look very, very slim and trim. I call it a corset dress. Very Hollywood glamour with the silk.” ~ (Serena Williams).

108. “I’m currently writing a screenplay that I haven’t started yet.” ~ (Serena Williams).

109. “Dad thanks for leaning in by helping me become a role model for young girls.” ~ (Serena Williams).

110. “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).

111. “I’m definitely not at my best. Honestly, I’m under 50 percent. But I’ve won stuff under 50 percent before.” ~ (Serena Williams).

112. “I’ve been getting my reel together. I think they are looking at me more as an actress because I have a lot of potential and a lot of skills.” ~ (Serena Williams).

113. “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.” ~ (Serena Williams).

114. “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).

115. “I’m an unbelievable designer.” ~ (Serena Williams).

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