“Educate Myself”: Serena Williams Details How She Drives Against the Odds in Life

Published 04/08/2021, 8:17 AM EDT
Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning her Ladies’ Singles Quarter-Finals match against Camila Giorgi of Italy on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 Serena Williams has reached great heights in the sport. She began her career as a teenager and continues to dominate the game today, even entering motherhood. During this period, the American athlete has won many honors and is the proud winner of 23 Grand Slam titles. 

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Recently, Serena Williams spoke about how she copes with the different ventures she engages in. Before engaging in new activities, the American superstar has a habit of acquiring knowledge on that particular subject. She compares this to the tests she did as a youngster in school. 

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 22: Serena Williams
speaks on stage during keynote conversation at 2019 Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley at San Jose McEnery Convention Center on February 22, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage)

Elaborating on this, the former Grand Slam winner added, “One thing I’ve done a lot lately is to educate myself. So whether it’s being a new mom or starting a new business, I think of it as a test… when we were younger you would prepare for that test and when you got there you were like okay, I know the answer to that one… But when you’re not prepared, you’re just a little bit more nervous.”

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Serena Williams keeps herself updated on her engagements

Williams maintains this approach in her personal life as well. Even in her business ventures, she prefers being prepared and having a rough understanding of the subject matter. 

The 39-year-old further added, “So that’s kind of how I approach life as well. It’s like becoming a mom and just educating myself, and I may not have the same experiences of all the things I read… But at least I know what to expect or what is coming, and I know how to feel. It’s the same with business, I get great mentors, I talk to a lot of people that have done it and have been incredibly successful at it, and it’s also important to talk to people who have made a lot of mistakes so you can learn from that as well.”

PARIS, FRANCE September 28. Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her match against Kristie Ahn of the United States in the first round of the Women’s Singles competition on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on September 28th 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

On the tennis front, the American player competed at the Australian Open and crashed out in the semifinal. After that, she did not feature in any tournament.

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Serena intends to resume her season at the WTA Italian Open, which begins later in May. Following that, she will look to claim her much-awaited 24th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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