Serena Williams talks body image, winning Olympic gold and more in SELF magazine
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Serena Williams is ready to take on any competitor – whether they’re on the tennis court or on the Internet criticizing her body.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion says she knows that the way she talks about her body affects young girls.

“I love my body, and I would never change anything about it,” Williams, 35, says in SELF magazine’s September cover story. “I’m not asking you to like my body. I’m just asking you to let me be me. Because I’m going to influence a girl who does look like me, and I want her to feel good about herself.”

With the Summer Olympics starting Friday – and a chance to win a record-breaking 23 Grand Slam titles – Williams also talked about her insatiable drive to win.

“This is my blood,” she says. “I live for this and have for the last 32 years. When I step out on that court, you’re going to get all of me.”

“It’s always been, like, bring it on – and more.”

But with most of her years in professional tennis behind her, Williams, who already has her own clothing line with HSN, is starting to think about where she sees herself in the future.

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“In five years, I’m on a boat or an island, sketching the latest collection,” she says.

And Williams, who was last linked to Drake, is considering starting a family.

“Maybe there’s a baby, maybe a couple, we’ll see,” she says. But don’t expect Williams to fly to places like Rio or Paris for tournaments whenever she retires.

“I’m done traveling – I’m throwing away my passport. Yeah, I’m done with it.”