Wimbledon ladies singles Tennis Champion Serena Williams of the United States poses with the trophy at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner 2016 at the Guild Hall on July 10, 2016 in London, England.
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By Megan Lasher and Wilder Davies
July 11, 2016

Serena Williams just crossed a major career milestone when she won Wimbledon for the seventh time. With her 22nd Grand Slam title, she’s now tied with Steffi Graff for the most Grand Slam wins in the Open era of tennis (she needs two more titles to match Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.)

How does Williams continue to be one of the best athletes of her time? It must have something to do with her mentality, which is on display in these 8 quotes that will get you jazzed to win, even if it’s just winning the day.

On self-confidence:

“It’s me, and I love me. I’ve learned to love me. I’ve been like this my whole life and I embrace me. I love how I look. I am a full woman and I’m strong, and I’m powerful, and I’m beautiful at the same time.” (via ESPN)

On her own legacy:

“Am I the greatest? I don’t know. I’m the greatest that I can be.” (via Glamour)

On overcoming obstacles:

“I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.”(via The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Reignite by Jim Afremow)

On competing:

“As a black tennis player, I looked different. I sounded different. I dressed differently. I served differently. But when I stepped onto the court, I could compete with anyone.” (via TIME)

On knowing when not to compete:

“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.”(via Glamour)

On the most important part of being a winner:

“I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” (via The National)

On body image:

“It’s important to touch on the body image issues. I’m interested in doing the best than I can and winning grand slams and being a champion and, you know, everyone has different goals … I’m not out there thinking, OK, I’m not going to go to gymnastics class today because I don’t want to look fit. I literally was born with this most amazing body, and to be historic, and to amazing, and to be badass. And if anyone doesn’t like it, then they don’t have to. Because at the end of the day, I like it. And I know a lot of other people who like it too.” (via TIME)

On true beauty:

“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.” (via PEOPLE)

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