Serena Williams quotes that prove she's a total badass

by Jeanne Sager
Sep 8, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET
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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?

1 /9: Rewind time

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1/9 :Rewind time

 

2 /9: Hard times

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2/9 :Hard times

 

3 /9: Smile

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3/9 :Smile

 

4 /9: Believe

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4/9 :Believe

 

5 /9: You can be ...

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5/9 :You can be ...

 

6 /9: Different is good

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6/9 :Different is good

 

7 /9: Keep smiling

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7/9 :Keep smiling

 

8 /9: Strength

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8/9 :Strength

 

9 /9: Serena Williams quotes pin

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9/9 :Serena Williams quotes pin