58 Inspiring Quotes from Female Athletes On Hard Work and Dedication

Sports demonstrate that hard work cannot be substituted. Learning a skill in a sport requires ample amount of hard work and dedication. In this post, we’ve compiled some inspiring  quotes from female athletes all over the world who, not only by their words, but also through their actions, have shown the world what hard effort and commitment can achieve.

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Serena Williams Hard Work Quotes

  1. Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard. – Serena Williams, Tennis player.

  2. Hard-work, practice and dedication are so important when you’re working to become the best and make your dreams come true, whether that be in sport or something different. – Serena Williams, Tennis player.

  3. Luck has nothing to do with it, because I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.” – Serena Williams, Tennis player.

  4. Everything you do will take a lot of work and dedication. And I know that sounds classic and redundant, but it’s true and I can’t stress that enough. There’s that ‘100,000 hours’ that you have to do. – Serena Williams, tennis player.


Hard Work Quotes From Female Athletes

  1. Cry in the beginning, so you can smile at the end. – Marta Silva, soccer player.

  2. Always work hard, never give up, and fight until the end because it’s never really over until the whistle blows. – Alex Morgan, soccer player.

  3. Motivation is internal, and motivation has to happen on a continuum, you have to continually motivate yourself to go out and push yourself beyond your own limitations. – Abby Wambach, Retired soccer player.

  4. Work hard at everything you do. Never give up. Never quit. Many people have talents but without the hard work you won’t get anywhere. – Carli Lloyd, Former soccer player.

  5. Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed. – Mia Hamm, Retired soccer player.

  6. The backbone of success is hard work, determination, good planning, and perseverance. – Mia Hamm, Soccer player.

  7. I’ve always believed that you have to train harder than you play. That’s how you win. So that the match, when it comes, comes as a kind of break.  – Maria Sharapova, Tennis player.

  8. The discipline that you have to carry on with, whether it’s a good day or a bad day, just beats everything else. – Maria Sharapova, Tennis player.

  9. No matter where you’re from, no matter what color of your skin, no matter if you’re tall or short, big or small, doesn’t matter. If you have a dream and you go for it and work hard, anything is possible. – Caroline Wozniacki, tennis player.

  10. I had a dream when I was a kid. I wanted to win a Grand Slam. I wanted to be No. 1 in the world. People thought that I was crazy being from a small country. But I made it happen. I worked so hard for it every single day. – Caroline Wozniacki, tennis player.

  11. Having a number next to your name doesn’t guarantee anything. You have to go and do the work and try to do best in every match. That’s how I want to approach rest of my career.” – Ashleigh Barty, Tennis player.

  12. Follow your dreams. If you have a goal, and you want to achieve it, then work hard and do everything you can to get there, and one day it will come true. – Lindsey Vonn, alpine ski racer.

  13. Work hard in silence, let your success be the noise. – Simone Biles, American gymnast.

  14. You just gotta keep going and fighting for everything, and one day you’ll get to where you want.  – Naomi Osaka, Tennis player.

  15. Sport takes so much out of you mentally , physically, and emotionally. The wins and the losses. Hours of hard work and sleepless nights after tough losses. But it gives you so much in return that not many other ‘jobs’ can give you and for which I am forever grateful for. – Sania Mirza, Tennis player.

  16. The day I’m not improving will be the day I hang up the racket. – Venus Williams, Tennis player.

  17. You gotta work hard, both on and off the field. We all face difficult times. Never give up. There is a story within all of us, You determine what you want your story to be. You have the power to do that. – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track and field athlete.

  18. Know where you want to get to, take calculated risks, capitalize on opportunities and work really hard to reach your goals. Surrounding yourself with confident and understanding people is the best way to keep a positive outlook as you work to achieve your dreams. – Danica Patrick, Racing driver.

  19. The triumph can’t be had without the struggle. – Wilma Rudolph, American sprinter.

  20. There’s nothing magical in sport. You have to work and that’s it.” – Simona Halep, Tennis player.

  21. Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win. – Nadia Comaneci,  Romanian gymnast.

  22. You just have to be patient and go through the rough moments, just hang in there and it will come back again. – Garbiñe Muguruza, Tennis player.

  23. I would like to instill in people just to work hard. As long as they keep at it, their dreams will happen. – Misty May-Treanor, Beach volleyball player.

  24. How do I want to be remembered? Somebody that loved and cared about the sport, yeah, did it as hard as I could. Steffi Graf, Tennis player.

  25. True heroes are made of hard work and integrity. – Hope Solo,  Soccer goalkeeper.

  26. I still push myself and work hard in every session, but being a mum of two, I have to train smarter. – Jessica Ennis-Hill, British track and field athlete.

  27. Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.” – Mary Lou Retton, Retired gymnast.

  28. Success is no accident. It is hard work, sacrifice, learning from failure and persistence. – Paige VanZant, Mixed martial artist.

  29. I think a lot of times people just glamorize being a professional athlete, and I just think you have to know and accept and love the grind that it is and just go out there and be resilient and work hard and just be grateful for every small win. – Michelle Wie West, Professional Golfer.

  30. I always believe someone somewhere is working harder than me and that motivates me to work harder, give 100%. – Sheryl Swoopes, Basketball player.

  31. The hard days are what make you stronger. – Aly Raisman, Artistic gymnast.

  32. My victories are the result of many years of hard work. Alina Zagitova, Figure skater.

  33. This is my charge to everybody, Do what you can. Do what you have to do. Step outside of yourself. Be more. Be better. Be bigger than you’ve ever been before. – Megan Rapinoe, Soccer player.

  34. I realized that with hard work, the world was your oyster. You could do anything you wanted to do. – Chris Evert, American tennis player.

  35. It’s nice having a few gold medals in the bag but my appetite for work is as intense as ever. I’ve worked too hard for this just to relax now. Christine Ohuruogu, former track and field athlete.

  36. What’s the point of doing this if I’m not going to do it properly? Being an Olympic champion doesn’t change anything. I’ve still got to train hard and perform well. I won’t ever forget that. Christine Ohuruogu, former track and field athlete.

  37. The only reason you’re ever in a good position come the championship races is because you continually work hard and you consistently perform well in training. – Dina Asher-Smith, British sprinter.

  38. I’m focusing on getting the job done every single day! I’m not doing anything out of the ordinary, I’m just working hard and being the best athlete I can be. That’s all you can ever do. – Dina Asher-Smith, British sprinter

  39. With hard work you can do anything you set your mind to. – Dina Asher-Smith, British sprinter.

  40. I think that it is much easier to push yourself harder and to get yourself out there if you enjoy what you do. – Paula Radcliffe, former long-distance runner.

  41. Hard work helps you prepare. Nerves help you push boundaries. – Laura Kenny, British track and road cyclist.

  42. I’m not physically or mentally gifted in any way, I just work really hard and I take opportunities. – Victoria Pendleton,  former Olympic champion.

  43. To finally become world champion after losing out in three previous finals is very satisfying. It shows that if you stick to your goals and work hard, you can achieve them in the end. – Nicola Adams, British former boxer.

  44. The reason I’m able to do my best work here is due to all the hard work I’ve put in before this time. I set my goals and focus entirely on these. – Nicola Adams, British former boxer.

  45. With hard work there’s always a way to succeed and always a way to achieve your dreams. – Beth Tweddle, British artistic gymnast.

  46. I was lucky that I started university and met my coach and things started improving really quickly. But it was really tough, but it made me appreciate the hard work that people put in – whether it’s their career or their sport. – Laura Muir, middle- and long-distance runner.

  47. Hard work and dedication pays off and that for all the trials and tribulations, it is 100% feasible to get through it, and come out better and stronger on the other side. – Imani-Lara Lansiquot, English sprinter.

  48. You can’t control injuries, but you can control how hard you work to come back. Brittney Griner, basketball player.

  49. I always believe someone somewhere is working harder than me and that motivates me to work harder, give 100%.  Sheryl Swoopes, basketball player.

  50. Everyone talks about age, but it’s not about age. It’s about work ethic. Winning never gets old. Lisa Leslie, basketball player.

  51. My dad taught me that you have to work hard for anything you want in life, and I wanted to be good at playing basketball. Seimone Augustus, basketball player.

  52. You don’t have to follow what most players do by going to the top school. You can do anything at any school you’re at, as long as you’re focused and you work hard. Elena Delle Donne, basketball player.

  53. I want to go as hard as I can, and if I look like a guy out there playing ball, well, hey, I feel sorry for the opponent. Brittney Griner, basketball player.

  54. Be positive and work hard. I think it’s possible to overcome anything, if you’re willing to work at it. Sheryl Swoopes, basketball player.



A fun quiz is a great way to summarize the lessons we can take from these inspiring quotes. This fun quiz is intended to help you remember the key ideas and takeaways from the quotes in our blog post.

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