You have to block everything out and be extremely focused and be relaxed and mellow too.
Dreams do come true if you keep believing in yourself. Anything is possible.
Tennis is what I do and is part of who I am.
I know there is much mystery, much question to what happened, and I must also say, many lies.
Yes, I made mistakes by rebelling, by acting out in confused ways.
I mean, obviously, a lot of people know me around the world. Kids know me.
She [Serena Williams] played some great shots, but so did I, and that was the only difference.
Now a lot has changed and I can separate a lot of things.
Let me say that the path I did take for a brief period of my life was not of reckless drug use, hurting others, but it was a path of quiet rebellion, of a little experimentation of a darker side of my confusion in a confusing world, lost in the midst of finding my identity.
I mean, I feel like just a new person completely.
It wasn't my tennis that made me lose, it was a lot of different things going on, high drama, high emotion.
What I want out of tennis is not necessarily just winning.
I just want to get to the level where I can say that that's my level, just try to play well, get up there.
I'm happy with what I've done but it's a challenge to try to win more.
I feel life I've started a new chapter in my life, and I need to live the past behind.
People want to hear what I have to say and respect what I say.
To win Grand Slams you have to be in the right frame of mind, the right physical shape.
It doesn't matter whether I qualify or wildcards.
Forget about tennis, I was scared to open my mouth. I didnt even feel worthy of saying something and not sounding stupid.
But, you know, I just want to play well and have fun playing well.
Coming back after the layoff, I wasn't really sure what to expect.
I do still have some of the experience from playing, but it's been so long since I've been out in those quarters, semis, finals, the important final matches, just against the top players.
I had an instinct before and maybe now I don't have that instinct as much as knowing what to do, what shots to hit, where to place the ball, things like that.
I was an emotional basket case.
You know, I'm confident before I go out and play a match that I know, you know, I've put in the work and like I feel confident that I am going to go out there and play well.
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