Life's a challenge, but that's the best part.
I want to get better. Every time you lose, you learn from it, and after every win, you look to building on the tempo.
Some people say I have attitude--maybe I do...But I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does--that makes you a winner right there.
In life, there is no such thing as impossible; it's always possible.
You have to believe in yourself when no one else does that's what makes you a winner
My first job is big sister and I take that very seriously.
Athletes, like everyone else, at times take supplements but just have to consult your doctors and work on that. It's a process, but it's achievable... It's my job to be healthy.
I try to invest smart. I'm not a baller. I'm not a blinger.
As long as we set up equality, we'll go in the right direction.
Tennis is definitely a star for women in sports.
India has a very good tradition in tennis.
That's what you feel as an athlete. Pretty much our job is to make the impossible happen every day. It's like magic, you know. I like that.
You have to stay on top and learn from mistakes.
You have to prove that you know what you're doing. You have to have longevity. You have to stay around.
I've been very focused on my career outside of tennis.
A lot of times when you play... you get this adrenalin that blocks pain.
I don't focus on what I'm up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.
Win pretty, win ugly, just win.
You win with your feet. It looks easy, and it's not.
When you get told that you have a disease, it's like: 'Really? Nah, it's all right. I don't believe that. It must be something else, I'm just making an excuse, let me push harder.'
I spent my whole life playing sports and training and pushing myself to the limits.
The first rounds of a tournament are always tricky because playing tennis takes a lot out of you.
My dad loves to eat, and he loves everything I make!
Early in the morning, it's super tough for me to eat right away, but I still need energy for practice. I try to start out with a protein smoothie, a green juice, or some sort of fruit.
Losing is no fun no matter who you lose to.
Ruth's Chris is my favorite restaurant, and I always order the rib eye, medium-rare.
I want to know that I gave my 100 percent, and even if it doesn't work, you know that you gave everything, and you don't have to look at it and say... I could have gave more - that would break my heart.
I don't even know what my favourite food is anymore, as they are all such bad foods!
Just know what's inside your food.
Everyone is always working on their body and trying to make it the best that they possibly can. That's what I do every single day, mostly for performance, but also just for me.
No one goes into the office for fun. You go, and even if you love it, you're there to work.
The message I like to convey to women and girls across the globe is that there is no glass ceiling.
My family is the most important thing to me because they're always there for me when times are down.
If the sun comes up, I have a chance.
Growing up, I'd just be at home, playing tennis, spending my allowance on an ice-cream truck.
You can never get complacent because a loss is always around the corner.
I don't carry a purse when I fly because I have my Hello Kitty carry-on. I'm the biggest adult supporter.
I don't think anyone wants to look in the mirror and say, 'I'm anti-woman.' They don't see themselves that way, and you can't treat them that way. But you have to tell the truth.
One who is persistent will excel.
I have been playing tennis for a very long time. Tennis is my life. I see my life in other places, and there are other challenges for me.
I try to get in some extra carbohydrates and protein the night before and during my pre-match meal. I also eat about 200 calories right after to help rebuild my muscles.
I had skate wing in London. I had mine grilled with lemon and herbs, and it was the perfect seasoning for that fish.
I always show up to the office sweaty! I'll come in between workouts in a tennis skirt drenched in sweat. The only time that I actually look presentable is at meetings.
I want my opponents to look at me across the net and just not want to play me because I look so fit and amazing and strong. So that's always my goal.
Of course I want to look well and fit - and as an athlete, I want to look strong.
I always thought of it like, 'What can my body do for me?' and not, 'How do I look?'
I've always been happy with my body.
When I play my match, I can't think about anything else except what I'm doing on my side of the net.
When you start playing tennis, you don't imagine there's a whole bureaucracy behind the tournaments and all of that. You just think about winning the cups.
I believe that athletes - especially female athletes in the world's leading sport for women - should serve as role models.
When you are in the public eye, you have to protect yourself. There are so many people judging you. I just try to be myself.
Equality for men and women, across the world, not only in sports, is the goal. We obviously have a long way to go, but every little bit helps.
My mom didn't want us to go to the candy house, she didn't want us to go to the ice cream truck, she didn't want us to go to the... There was actually a donut truck, if that makes sense.
I love playing the game. I always have. Of course, winning matches makes it much sweeter. The wins and the losses always lead to these big moments, unless you're Serena Williams.
I don't have time for easy. Tennis is just hard.
Retiring is the easy way out.
I've gone to school for business, for design, for architecture.
Tennis has been around for so long - women have been playing the majors since the 1800s. Other sports have not had professional leagues for women for as long.
I think women athletes who have been successful need to help other sports, those sports that are just emerging. That's what I've been thinking about and looking forward to.
I don't snack a lot, because I didn't grow up snacking.
Sometimes women who are taller aren't comfortable with it, but I love being tall.
If I don't go to the gym for a week, I just get thinner and thinner.
I think there's a connection with what you wear. If you don't feel good about what you're wearing, you aren't going to feel confident, and you aren't going to be able to concentrate.
If I have to work hard or think hard or just copy somebody else that's doing it better - whatever it takes, I'm going to find that solution. That's the drive that keeps me going.
I don't think anyone feels older. You have this infinity inside you that feels like it could go on forever.
The first time you win, nobody picks you; the last time you win, nobody picks you. You've just got to pick yourself.
It's such an honor to do this job because I love it. And I get to work outside, and what can beat that?
Like anyone else, I enjoy my days off.
I think nowadays it's so easy as an athlete to become a statistic whether or not you lose everything or having trouble or whatever it may be.
I love design.
I contribute my best in my sport and I also have a ton of respect for myself and my family.
I'm always on the court with my dad.
The thing is, it's not good anyway for eight-year-olds to be out there playing tennis tournaments so soon in their lives. But when I did get to play in a tournament, when I was nine, I was overjoyed.
I don't have time to be negative.
Life is challenging but I'm always up for a challenge.
I just try to stay positive and focused on the tennis, not let anything get to me, like crazy questions. But I'm tough, let me tell you, tough as nails.
I guess tennis is my main art, but fashion is definitely very close.
If I didn't play tennis I don't know where I'd be.
My ambition is to enjoy my life and to do exactly what I want to do. And I'll do that. I will be free.
I guess some kids around me had to grow up quickly, had all those problems. But I wasn't one of those kids, or around those kids, not at all.
I knew my destiny was to be in the winner's circle. There were times along the way where I didn't make it there. But I felt my destiny was definitely to win big titles, win lots of titles.
I think I can change the game.
Everything is tennis for me, it's my career and it's entertainment, but it's also a business.
My goal is always the same: to keep the other player from ever scoring a point. That doesn't always happen, but that's what I try for.
To stay interested in tennis, I have to mix it up with other things.
If I don't wear something I feel confident in, I don't play as well.
I wear a lot of tight dresses, so I'm like, 'I need to do my sit-ups!'
I say accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. If you don't accessorize, someone else will.
Since I started playing at the Olympics in 2000, I have always wanted to do a dress based on Wonder Woman. It should be interesting to wear. And hopefully, it will get me a gold medal.
I'm only seeing tennis balls these days. And maybe the occasional fashion sketch.
'Oh and Oh' is a tennis term... It's a nice way of saying you took your opponent to pieces.
My dresses are designed to win, so going through it, I think about, what do I want to represent? So, definitely, Vera Wang has been an inspiration for me.
All those lessons that I've learned on the court, I have applied them to my life outside of the court in business, my company, called V Starr interiors, an interior design company, and EleVen, which I wear on court.
It's what I've trained for, from the first sketch to the fabric. Making dresses that are different from the usual style, and a lot of fun to wear.
Right now, I'm at the top of the world in my game so my focus isn't on when I'm going to end. My focus is on playing the best tennis that I can, and there is no end to that.
For years I felt that I didn't have enough stamina and then, four years ago, I felt like I was not getting enough air but I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma. The medicine for asthma never worked.
Sjogren's is something you live with your whole life. The good news for me is now I know what's happening after spending years not knowing... I feel like I can get better and move on.
Grand Slam losses are hard. I treat myself after losses though, I usually go to McDonald's and I have a hamburger and you know, something. Because you know, you just need to be nice to yourself sometimes after the loss.
As far as everyone else's opinion, I mean, if I would have thought that everyone was right, I probably wouldn't have left Compton, so I don't get too caught up on what the next person thinks.
I don't come to tournaments to make friends, to go to parties, to hold conversations. I come to be the best, and I'm not mean and cruel and dirty.
It wasn't like I was self-motivated. My dad started me. It was his dream before it was mine.
When you're on top, you're on top.