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?