"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."
-- Serena Williams.
"No, you know. Not at all. I don't think so. Some days."
-- Serena Williams, in a post-match conference at the US Open, after many short answers, then asked if the media questions get on her nerves.
"I'll probably be wearing something fun and sexy as usual, but I can't say it will be the 'Catsuit.'"
-- Serena Williams speaking with the Cincinnati Inquirer on her return to the WTA Tour from injury in July at Cincinnati.
"Not on my end."
-- Serena Williams' curious choice of wording regarding injury worries as she enters the Aussie Open having packed on a few extra pounds.
"I think I actually made a very kind gesture out of nowhere; I decided in the middle of that match that for every ace I hit I want to donate money. I just think people should honestly look at themselves before they judge another person. I've never been spoiled. I want a Range Rover very bad, but I refuse to spend the money to buy a Range...The diamonds are borrowed. I won't buy them because I'm too cheap."
-- Serena Williams defending herself after critics compared her $100/ace donation to the Gulf Coast hurricane victims to her $50,000+ jewelry worn during matches at the US Open.
"It's a lot of bling to play with. You got to have the bling."
-- Serena Williams on playing at the US Open wearing $40K diamond earrings.
"There's so many other chapters that we can explore."
-- Serena Williams on possibly extending the boring Williams sisters reality show.
"I think you have to love yourself before you fall in love. I'm still learning to love myself."
-- Serena Williams.
"You know what, I'm ignorant to the whole West Bank settlement of Israel. I'm American. Can you elaborate on that, please?"
-- Serena Williams when asked about 17-year-old Israeli Shahar Peer, who grew up in the dangerous West Bank settlement. Apparently being American is equivalent to being ignorant of anything outside of America?
"I have started to realize that I am really just a world athlete and a world entertainer -- I am a world-known person, I am a global icon."
-- Serena Williams speaking to the Khaleej Times in Dubai.
"Couple years ago I was No. 7 and I ended up top. So I kind of like the position that I'm at right now. It's hot."
-- Serena Williams doing her Paris Hilton impression.
"I've never dated anybody. It's good to get experience under your belt but you should never get wild or go crazy. If I can't see myself with this person for life -- I can't be bothered. I can't waste my time. I have some really good men friends but I believe in no sex before marriage. No fornicating. Stuff like that. I really believe in that. I mean, I'm not perfect. It's hard to live by the Bible standards but I'm really comfortable with me."
-- Serena Williams speaking to The Telegraph.
"Everybody who plays me plays me so hard because they always want to beat me."
-- Serena Williams at the Hong Kong exhibition.
"Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream. Our Dad used to say that. It's an adage.''
-- Serena Williams said that. It's a quote.
"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."
-- The modest Serena Williams on her design talents.
“I know a lot of people who are 12 and doing things they shouldn’t be doing. Whether you’re an actress or a singer, it’s always the sexier ones that are selling more tickets or selling more albums.”
-- Serena Williams explaining away the WTA's pimping of Maria Sharapova at the WTA Championships.
"I'm excited because I haven't won a title since March and that's not like me."
-- Serena Williams after winning the Beijing title.
-- Serena Williams when asked if any of the other WTA players ask her for beauty tips.
"I'll give you the dramatic version, as I am an actress. I stretched and I dove for the ball. Well, I didn't quite dive. I was extremely stoked, but unfortunately during that point, I hurt my knee."
-- Serena Williams the actress on how she reinjured her knee in San Diego. That explanation was about as good as the acting.
"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."
-- Serena Williams on maintaining her outside interests. Yes, it's important to have something to fall back on in case you're suddenly not a billionaire any more.
"No, I don't read the papers. I just look at the pictures."
-- Serena Williams.
"I'm an actress, model and athlete, and I'd put athlete third on the list."
-- Serena Williams flashback quote.
"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."
-- Serena Williams on fashion trumping tennis.
"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."
-- The name-dropping Serena Williams, the undereducated ambassador of tennis.
"Yeah, I have become aware of it. It's important for me as a young lady and a young individual to carry myself with aplomb and to walk with all kinds of confidence in this world around me. Because a lot of kids are feeding off of that. A lot of people look up to myself and my sister; and a lot of entertainers in our age group, a lot of kids are looking up to us. For me, I'm okay with that. I just feel that I should carry myself in a manner that they'd be able to copy themselves after."
-- Serena Williams, role model.
"(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."
-- The ego-maniacal Serena Williams, lapsing into second-person mode while discussing her acting career.
"(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."
-- Serena Williams on her new Greecian serving girl tennis dress, which makes her look "very, very slim" when she looks in that funhouse mirror that is her reality. We hear stripes are slimming, next time try stripes.
"I've been getting my reel together. I think they are looking at me more as an actress because I have a lot of potential and a lot of skills."
-- The removed-from-reality Serena Williams, who as an actress has skills. Just ask her.
"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. There's plenty of time after my tennis to definitely go full-time fashion, when I have arthritis and all that fun stuff."
-- Serena Williams on combining tennis and fashion design in her career.
"Oops, my battery, my phone battery just died. Hold on one second. [Switching to speakerphone] Hello? Can you hear me?"
-- Serena Williams, when asked in a conference call Friday about real estate in Northern California. Damnit, Serena. Don't you know not to use a cell phone during a conference call? That's PR 101.
"My fitness is unbelievable right now. I don't get tired. I've been working ever since right after Charleston. Even before that, I decided to really work on my fitness."
-- Serena Williams in Paris.
"Well, we don't want to play in the war. We want to make clothes. We don't want the war."
-- Serena Williams, responding in a fake French accent, when asked about anti-French sentiment with the U.S.-Iraq war. When two tennis reporters from France were asked how Williams' comments will be received there, they responded with the French word "maladroit," which means "tactless."
"I figure J-Lo does all these movies and all these videos and all this other stuff...I know I can play tennis and act and do photo shoots and model. I know I can do all that."
-- Serena Williams. As John F. Kennedy said, "Miss, I know J-Lo, and you are no J-Lo."
"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."
-- Serena Williams on pressure to become the greatest.
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