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2015 French Open - Serena Williams

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Serena Williams is a queen, a champion, and an inspiration to millions of people around the world. With her latest grand slam win at the French Open yesterday, she showed once again why she is one of the greatest tennis players of our time, and potentially of all time. We can learn a lot from her words of wisdom. So here are a few quotes that explain why she’s our favorite sports queen.

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1. “I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.”

2. “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.”

3. “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.”

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4. “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.”

5. “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.”

6.” I am not a robot. I have a heart and I bleed.”

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7. “I’m Serena Williams on the court, but away I have so many different names. I call myself Butterfly.”

8. “Having a pulmonary embolism is definitely easier than heart break.”

9. “I think you have to love yourself before you fall in love. I’m still learning to love myself.”

10. “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.”

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