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Venus Williams Quotes
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March 7, 2017: “Everybody wants to be beautiful. I think it’s how we’ve been trained, not because being beautiful is important but because society has placed a value on it. So it’s really the psychology and philosophy of it all, but I think there are moments when you look in the mirror and think “Whoa, what happened to me?” But honestly I’m more focused on what I’m accomplishing than what I look like. That’s always been how I felt. What am I accomplishing when I wake up in the morning? It’s about how do I get better, what am I achieving? That’s pretty much what I recommend—focus on what you want to accomplish. It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside. You can look amazing, but in the end it’s what we do.”
— Venus Williams,asked by Humanity magazine if she has ever had to “struggle with different things, like feeling not beautiful or feeling not valuable.February 2, 2017: “I think why people love sport so much is because you see everything in a line. In that moment, there is no do-over. There’s no retake. There is no voice-over. It’s triumph and disaster witnessed in real time. This is why people live and die for sport, because you can’t fake it. You can’t. It’s either you do it or you don’t. People relate to the champion. They also relate to the person who didn’t win, because we all have those moments in our life.”
— Venus Williams, despite energy-sapping Sjögren’s syndrome and without a Grand Slam title since beating Serena at the 2008 Wimbledon final, fought valiantly against heavily favored Serena but succumbed 6-4, 6-4 in the Australian Open final.August 2, 2016: “It’s hard to say just one lesson. It’s easy to be afraid. You have to let fear go. Another lesson is you just have to believe in yourself – you just have to. There’s no way around it. You’ve got to believe in yourself. No matter how things are stacked against you, you just have to every time.”
— Venus Williams, the third player to reach the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles semi-finals after her 36th birthday, discussing what she has learned since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011.November 27, 2015: “It’s a great thing to be Top 10 now with the level of the game, but I’m still very hungry. I’m ready for more. I’ve had so many experiences in tennis that I still expect a lot from myself. So I’m very happy to be moving forward, but I also want to continue and not stop here.”
— Venus Williams, 35, and a 19-year veteran on the pro tour, after she climbed back into the Top Ten—ranking No. 7—for the first time in four years by winning her third tournament of the year, edging Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-6 (6) in the final of the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai.March 2, 2010: "She's so brave. She's got so much character. I can't imagine playing so well with this kind of circumstance. I don't think anyone on tour could do what she's doing."
— Venus Williams, praising Shahar Peer who upset three seeded players to reach the semis at the Dubai Championships, a year after the Israeli tennis star was denied a chance to play in the tournament when the United Arab Emirates government denied her a visa.November 14, 2008: "America is a wonderful place. I love my country, I love living there and I love my passport. But also it's a country that since its beginning - especially as it is supposed to be a place where people were escaping intolerance - it became a country which was intolerant of different minorities and skin colors. So I think it's amazing that America has an opportunity to have someone who is from a minority or mixed race."
— Venus Williams, on her country's electing Barack Obama as the first African-American president.July 7, 2008: "I can't imagine having a pro career without Serena. She inspires me. She taught me how to dig deep, be a fighter."
— Venus Williams, who beat Serena to win her fifth Wimbledon title.May 28, 2008: "I'm happy for her if that's what she wanted to do. It takes a lot of courage. And whether I'm courageous enough, I don't know, but it's great for someone to be so courageous and tough."
—Venus Williams, on American tennis pro Ashley Harkelroad's posing for Playboy magazine.
July 10, 2007: "I love my life. It's beautiful. I've been so, so blessed. God has been so good to me. I couldn't ask for anything more."
—Venus Williams, after winning her fourth Wimbledon and sixth Grand Slam title, when asked by Hall of Fame journalist and broadcaster Bud Collins what it's like to be Venus Williams.July 4, 2005: "My motto is: I'm alive, so that means I can do anything."
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