It's one-on-one out there, man. There ain't no hiding. I can't pass the ball.
As a tennis player you have to get used to losing every week. Unless you win the tournament, you always go home as a loser. But you have to take the positive out of a defeat and go back to work. Improve to fail better.
What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well.
I let my racket do the talking. That's what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches.
I play each point like my life depends on it.
To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.
I hate to lose more than I love to win.
If you can keep playing tennis when somebody is shooting a gun down the street, that's concentration.
I enjoyed the position I was in as a tennis player. I was to blame when I lost. I was to blame when I won. And I really like that, because I played soccer a lot too, and I couldn't stand it when I had to blame it on the goalkeeper.
You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.
Since I don't look like every other girl, it takes a while to be okay with that. To be different. But different is good.
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.
I'm not the next anyone, I'm the first Maria Sharapova
Ladies, here's a hint. If you're up against a girl with big boobs, bring her to the net and make her hit backhand volleys. That's the hardest shot for the well-endowed.
In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach.
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.
If you don't practice you don't deserve to win.
When I play, I feel like in a theatre, why should I look ugly then, because I'm a tennis player?
I am a hero worshiper. I love the number one tennis player. I love the number one baseball player. I want to see those records broken.
I would be really excellent in a horror film because I have a great scream. I'd be really good in a comedy too. I'm top, top, top quality.
Being number two sucks.
Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.
As a tennis player you can win and you can lose, and you have to be ready for both. I practised self-control as a kid. But as you get older they both - winning and losing - get easier.
I've been playing against older and stronger competition my whole life. It has made me a better tennis player and able to play against this kind of level despite their strength and experience.
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