“I Never Do That” – Serena Williams’ Inspiring Words For Empowering Women

Published 09/08/2021, 11:30 PM EDT
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 23: Serena Williams of the United States walks out to face Angieszka Radwanska of Poland during day two of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships at the Sinan Erdem Dome October 23, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


In recent years, Serena Williams has made huge advancements in life outside the tennis court. Along with setting up her businesses, the 39-year-old also carried out charity work and also played a role as an activist for various issues.

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Hence, all these aspects highlight her character as an individual looking to use her success on court as a driving force for change. In a recent appearance on the Kelly Clarkson show, Williams spoke about the importance of women pushing each other to achieve success.

Serena Williams admits she’s genuinely happy for others’ success

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During their interaction, Clarkson brought up the topic of women driving other women towards success instead of men doing so. While agreeing with her, Williams mentioned how there are many opportunities, but failed to understand why it’s a competition.

She said, “There’s room for all of us. This is such a big planet. There’s room for so many of us to have our own successful companies, have our own TV shows, to win Grand Slams, there’s four a year! There’s so many opportunities, and I don’t understand why it has to be a competition. Believe me when I’m out there I give a zillion percent!”

Williams then mentioned how others’ success drives her energy, while admitting jealousy shouldn’t have a place. “At the end of the day if someone else wins, or if someone has a successful company, I’m genuinely happy for them because, first of all that affects my energy if I’m not and it affects who I am,” said Williams. “Even to be around me, I just lose this glow and I don’t want that.

“Second of all, jealousy is rottenness to the bone, and I never want to do that. I say the success of one woman should be the inspiration to another, and I love that. I love saying that because it’s inspiring like, ‘Oh, my gosh sister, you made it. This is great! I can do it too!’”

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During her appearance, the 23-time Grand Slam champion also mentioned she’s witnessing this change happening in her daily life. In addition, she also mentioned how it alters the environment altogether.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 27: Serena Williams of the United States attends a press conference ahead of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Pool/Getty Images)

“I can see it now even when I’m in my job and tennis, so many women are so happy for the next person, and it’s just such a different environment,” said Williams. “It’s happening, and that’s what’s the most exciting thing, so I’m really excited to see that us being happy for each other, because that’s what it’s about.”

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While the American continues to make waves off-court, fans continue to yearn for her return to tennis. As she recovers from her hamstring injury, Williams will hope to compete in a few tournaments before the end of 2021.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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