I try not to have too many rituals because I believe that rituals don't help you win. I used to do rituals a lot and it was crazy.
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.
I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall. I have fallen several times. Each time I get up and dust myself off .
I'm an unbelievable designer.
I'm an unbelievable designer. I don't know how I know and just do these things. I just start sketching and then I just know the colors and I always know the forecast. I know green and purple are going to be hot. I was born to be a designer. I worked hard to be a tennis player, I don't work hard to be a designer.
I want to knock on people's doors and preach. But I also meet a lot of people on planes and in restaurants, and you can preach with them or place some literature with them.
When I'm down, I talk to myself a lot. I look crazy because I'm constantly having an argument with myself.
I've thought it would be cool to have a baby young. You know, be my road dog -- like my dogs, they travel the world -- but there's always something you have to give up for success. Everything comes at a cost. Just what are you willing to pay for it?
You just have to prove to yourself that you can go out there and be the best that you can be and not prove anything to anyone.
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 on the women's tour to beat me.
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.
I want it to be more natural. Right now it feels really forced. Seems like I've never done a curtsy before, which may be true. But I'm looking forward to nailing it.
When I first started really playing, in '98, I was super excited to see all the people I grew up watching. ... I loved Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, and Pete Sampras.
I love metaphors. I've never been on this train. ... If I'm standing on the middle of a track, I'm definitely going to get derailed. I have to make sure that I'm on the train and not in front of it.
People see me on the court only as a superhero, grunting and winning. They think you're a robot, and I'm not.
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.
I need to be at my peak and my best is holding up the trophy. Anything less I wouldn't be really excited about. So that's all I can focus on.
I don't go there thinking I'm going to lose. I never go into a tournament thinking that. I'll do the best that I can. I need to be at my peak and my best is holding up the trophy. Anything less I wouldn't be really excited about. So that's all I can focus on.
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.
I can't become satisfied, because if I get satisfied, I'll be like, Oh, I've won Wimbledon, I've won the U.S. Open. Now can I relax. But now people are really going to be fighting to beat me.
My story isn't over... This is just a new part of my life. My baby is going to be in the stands -- hopefully cheering for me and not crying too much!
I've been involved with Berlei for almost my whole career. I actually discovered them well over 10 years ago, probably 2002 at least. My mom introduced me. She said, Listen, you should try these bras. And I was like, Really? So I tried it and since then I've never worn another bra.
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.
I don't want to end my career and then start something. I like to do something while my career is still hot and I've always enjoyed designing.
My mom's chicken, with rice and gravy was my favorite dish as a kid, and it still is now. That's my favorite meal from her or from anybody. It's a family favorite.
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.
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.
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, you know, this never happened before.
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.
Yeah, um, I do twitter because I want people to, you know, get to know me, my fans, or my fans to get to know me, you know, just see what type of person I am. You know, hopefully be more on an intimate level with me as opposed to a distant level.
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.
It's so great to have that opportunity with so many young American players coming up now. It's just so exciting. We have to root for the home country.
My fridge is really just vegan: coconut water, Gatorade (my favorite!), cucumbers, mint, kale, vegetables, ginger, and wheat grass.
I never thought about leaving a tennis legacy. I always thought about leaving a legacy of fulfillment, living out your dreams, and giving back.
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.
I never close my mind to anything and eventually want to branch out. But for now, tennis is still number one for me.
Venus Williams has an amazing line; I love her collection. I'm always at her office. She has an interior design company and her EleVen company. They have a wonderful office space and I'm always there for the interior part and get to see what she's doing with EleVen.
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.
The red kind of symbolizes a lot of things I do in Africa, along with a lot of the work, like the red laces. Everybody that buys a pair can pretty much save a life in Africa.
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.
I like to wear classic silhouettes and add a punch to it.
I like to wear classic silhouettes and add a punch to it. I'll wear a high-waist legging and a super-crop top or a see-through top with a nice bra underneath. And I just always try to mix it up with heels or something.
I was glad to watch the soccer because it helps my tennis game, realize maybe they're just rooting for the underdog.
All I want is to have fun in what I'm doing every day. I don't want to break records. To become the greatest player ever could take me like...10 more years and I don't think I'll still be playing at 31.
I really hope that I can be helpful in that journey because I do believe that women deserve the same pay. We work just as hard as men do. I've been working, playing tennis, since I was three years old. And to be paid less just because of my sex -- it doesn't seem fair.
Those who say that Serena isn't serious about tennis; she wants to go Hollywood. That's true, about Hollywood. I would love to get a lot of acting gigs. But you wouldn't believe the stuff I've turned down because of my tournament schedule...I would do well beside (comedian) Chris Tucker.
I have a wonderful white coat I can wear on the court and also in New York for those rainy days...its lady-like and goes perfect with my personality.
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.
I got involved in the design process a long time ago. I've been working with their main designer Berlei for a while. It's been really fun all around.
I love Phenomenal Woman. The experiences she had of being African American in the U.S. -- that itself is a task. I appreciate the hardships Maya Angelou went through for our generation. I'm super influenced by the black people that paved the way for us.
For the younger sisters, we always look up to the older sisters because they're always ahead of us and they always win.
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.
We do more ready-to-wear and ath-leisure, things you would wear everyday. I never close my mind to anything and eventually want to branch out. But for now, tennis is still number one for me.
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.
In the locker rooms, I'm always suggesting, You need Berlei. Because it's the best brand for women and for me.
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.
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.
Everyone in this room knows that Venus is probably one of the greatest people on the tour. She's really great. She's super professional. Complete opposite of me.
My smile is my favorite part of my body. I think a smile can make your whole body.
My smile is my favorite part of my body. I think a smile can make your whole body. I want women to know that it's ok. That you can be whatever size you are and be beautiful inside and out.
I've always made some legendary comebacks since 1998 when it first started. So that's kind of just been my MO for my whole career.
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.
Luck has nothing to do with it.
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.
Hopefully I'll be able to mature one of these days, get serious, and at least have them kids pretty fast.
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.
It's always good to get a smaller tournament under your belt so that by the time you get to the Slams, you have a lot of experience.
I definitely have found a balance. I've had so many offers in the past to do different movies or different things and I always choose tournaments over it.
There's one thing I'm really good at, and that's hitting the ball over a net, in a box. I'm excellent.
All my life I'd woken up to tennis, tennis, tennis. Even if I don't go to practise, I'm thinking about it all day.
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.
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.
I'm definitely not at my best. Honestly, I'm under 50 percent. But I've won stuff under 50 percent before.
I am here to play women's tennis. I'm a lady. Predominantly, most of the time I always like to play ladies.
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.
I've always enjoyed acting. When we were younger, my sisters and I would put on plays for our parents.
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.
Family's first, and that's what matters most. We realize that our love goes deeper than the tennis game.
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.
I think a smile can make your whole body. Models, they look fabulous, but they don't smile, and they look so mad.
I've had to learn to fight all my life -- got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.
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.'
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.
We're going in really fresh. We're going to have fresh legs and bodies, we're going to be able to stay the distance, and that's our goal.
If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that's concentration.
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.
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.