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Serena Williams quotes that prove she's a total badass

Jeanne Sager is parenting and living editor for SheKnows. A photographer, social media junkie, and crazed mom to an even crazier kid, she's strung words together for TheStir.com, Babble.com, Parents, Kiwi Magazine, and others.

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Serena Williams

#1/10:

Serena Williams

Some call her the best tennis player to ever step onto the court. Others, the best athlete. Ever. One thing is for sure: Serena Williams is a total badass. The No. 1-ranked tennis star is talented, sure, but the 32-year-old is also exceedingly intelligent and unafraid to take on tough topics, from racism to sexism to body image. 

Battling sister Venus Williams this week at the US Open in a bid to attain the calendar Grand Slam, all four major titles in one year, Serena is just as inspiring now as she was the day she became the No. 1 player back in 2002. Need proof? How about these Serena Williams quotes that prove the phenom's words are just as powerful as her backhand?

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Hard times

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Hard times

Hard times make us who we are.

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Smile

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Smile

Serena's haters can't wipe that smile off her face.

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Believe

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Believe

Who else but you will believe?

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You can be ...

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You can be ...

Body shamers have tried, but they can't steal her confidence.

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Different is good

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Different is good

We're all different!

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Keep smiling

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Keep smiling

 

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Strength

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Strength

Fear can be a powerful motivator.

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Serena Williams quotes pin

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Serena Williams quotes pin

 

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