Serena Williams: ‘I Had To Come To Terms With Loving Myself’

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates a point during the Women's Singles Final against Lucie Safarova of Czech Repbulic on day fourteen of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on June 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Serena Williams is the best tennis player in the game. She won the French Open earlier this month, which brings her to 20 Grand Slam titles — a truly incredible accomplishment. The only number she is chasing now is 22 Grand Slams, a record held by retired great, Steffi Graf in the Open era.

But having superhero-like athleticism from a young age didn’t shield her from experiencing her fair share of body issues. She grew up comparing her body to her older sister Venus.

“It wasn’t very easy — growing up,” Williams told The Huffington Post in an interview. “Venus was like a model. I was thicker.”

The sisters are just over a year apart and Serena said she always felt different on the court because of her body.

“Most women athletes are pretty thin. I didn’t really know how to deal with it. I had to come to terms — as every teen and young adult does — with loving myself. I had to find different role models. But my body type is in style now, so I’m loving it!”

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