Tennis superstar Serena Williams has said how positive and proud she now feels about the body that has seen her dominate women's sport for so long.
The world number one has revealed that she is now very happy with her curves and physique after receiving many compliments from fans and admirers.
Serena, who is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport, says she has not always had the easiest time accepting her athletic, powerful physique, but that now things have really changed.
"When I was young I thought I should be built more like an athlete - long and lean - not with a womanly figure," she told Fitness magazine in a sports swimsuit edition.
"But then people my age started coming up to me and saying, 'I love you because of the way you look.' That was really motivating.
"So I learned to be proud of my curves and embrace my large boobs. It’s all about loving who you are and realizing that you’re beautiful."
The American star has admitted that being devoted to the sport has meant that at times she has wished for a leaner figure, but that she is now very happy with the physique she has and enjoys doing a range of exercise to help maintain her fitness.
"For me it’s so important to mix it up; I ran, and then I biked," she told the magazine. "Then I did elliptical… I tried yoga.
"I started dancing because I couldn’t train when I was sick. We started making up moves, and it was fun. Now I run for 10 minutes and then I dance."
The 32-year-old, who is the current reigning French Open, US Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic ladies singles champion, also spoke of her mentality on the court and off it.
"I think of myself as two different people," she said. "There’s the Serena Williams that everyone knows: She’s crazy. She can’t make a mistake.
"And she’s angry and just not nice, to be honest. I’m only that person for three hours a day when I’m on the court. The rest of the time I’m just Serena. I’m the class clown."
She added: "That’s when Serena Williams comes out and she’s nuts. That really upsets me. It’s not the real me... Even for me, it’s shocking to see.
"But in another way, it’s kind of cool to know that I have everything together on the court, because I don’t really have my life together personally.
"I’m here and there and everywhere travelling the world and playing tennis."
In 2011 she was hospitalised with a blood clot in her lungs, which nearly killed her, and she told the magazine that she is now prioritising her health above everything else.
"I realised that I’m really fortunate to be alive and to be playing, and that it’s not the end of the world if I don’t win," she said.
"It was the first time I’ve ever had so much fun on the court. Now I know I don’t have to play again if I don’t want to. I play because I love it.
"I live with my sister, Venus, who has Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease. Before her problems I ate a lot of junk. I also found out three years ago that I’m allergic to wheat, so I’m trying to eat a clean diet of natural, raw foods."
As a tennis fan, Tramlines is sure that it speaks for everyone in saying how great it is to hear Serena so happy with her health, her diet and her physique.
The legendary player, who is currently the oldest player in history to be ranked at number one, still has an awful lot to bring to the sport.
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