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born 1981

Serena Williams's dad learned tennis so he could teach his two daughters to play. Both girls dedicated themselves to the game, rising up from humble beginnings to become internationally recognized sports celebs. Today, Serena and Venus are the winning-est sisters in tennis history. They've teamed up for a dozen Grand Slam doubles titles + 3 Olympic golds...not to mention, fashion lines and philanthropic initiatives to empower girls.

In her solo career, Serena has been dubbed the greatest women's player of all time. First ranked world #1 in 2002, she became the oldest pro to top the WTA list at age 33. With 20 Grand Slam titles + counting, Serena shows no sign of slowing down!

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her quotes

all quotes by Serena Williams (11)

"My dad taught me winning is not important if it's done on the tennis court. He said, 'You're a winner if you're a winner in life.'"

The Charlie Rose Show | 2007

"I always like to want something. I don't want to have everything."

'There's more to life than hitting a ball' | august 2009

"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."

The Williams Sisters Storm Lagos as They Inspire and Empower Nigerian Girls | november 2012

"I'm there to do a job, not to make friends—but I'm not there to make enemies."

Serena Williams: The Great One | june 2013

"You're only going to be great if you enjoy what you're doing."

Serena Williams Teaches Tennis | january 2015

"I went on the courts with just a ball and a racket and a hope."

Australian Open | january 2015

"Never give up 'cause you never know what can happen—you never know who you can inspire and who you can influence."

Australian Open | january 2015

"Let’s just put an end to this myth that women players cannot be friends. We can!"

Why Serena Williams Is Best Friends with Her Fiercest Competitor | april 2015

"When I'm down, I just think, 'okay, I'm just going to play this point.' It's really about taking one moment at a time and trying to master those moments."

MasterClass {via People Magazine article: Here's How to Take a Tennis Masterclass with Serena Williams} | may 2015

"There is something to say about believing in your dreams. And having the support and courage to go after them. You can do anything you put your mind to. If I can, you can."

Facebook | june 2015

"I just don't have time to be brought down. I have too many things to do. I have Grand Slams to win. I have people to inspire."

interview | september 2015
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