Tennis champ Serena Williams has no time for pathetic body-shamers

Serena Williams will make history if she can win the US Open.

Serena Williams will make history if she can win the US Open. Photo: Reuters

If you've been living in a media black hole, you might have heard that Serena Williams is closing in on something that is a huge deal in the world of tennis.

If she wins the US Open, which started this week, she will add a Grand Slam to her name, joining a very small and elite pool of history's best tennis players. That requires winning all four major tournaments in a calendar year and, this year, she's already collected trophies at the other three.

Yet, despite her breathtaking athleticism, or perhaps because of it, the world number 1 is often targeted by body-shamers who, ironically, tell her she is too muscular. 

Serena Williams: "I have Grand Slams to win."

Serena Williams: "I have Grand Slams to win." Photo: NY Mag Twitter

How does it make Williams feel? Well, she told Good Morning America, she has much bigger things to worry about.

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"I have Grand Slams to win," she said. And she has a body that has allowed her to win 22 Grand Slam singles titles since 1999. 

"I've learned to love me. I've been like this my whole life and I embrace me. I love how I look. I love that I am a full woman and I'm strong and I'm powerful and I'm beautiful at the same time."

If she spent all her time worrying about what others thought, she said, she wouldn't have enough energy to win Grand Slams and inspire people.