My mom and dad met at UCLA when he as a captain in the Air Force and she was in her junior year.
I was too young to take it all in. I was too young to even realize I was young. I was just living my life.
By the time I was 9, I was frequently asked to play exhibitions at grand openings, fund-raisers for charities, and other special events.
The prize money for first place was $2,800, but I didn't take it because I was still an amateur.
When I was 11, I won my first nationals at Savannah, defeating Kelly Henry in the finals.
Winning that first game was so important; my mother always said that the first game of the second set was the chance to keep it going if you were ahead or change things if you were behind.
To meet my goals, I couldn't let up when I was playing tennis.
We've gotta give Richard Williams a lot of credit - to give us two number one champions is a phenomenal feat.
My mind started wandering. I started playing carefully, instead of playing the way that had gotten me to that point. I had to force myself to keep driving the ball.
Make sure your daughter's goal is her goal, not your goal.
In Toronto, Serena Williams was not fit at all, not striking the ball well at all, and went three sets with someone (ranked) 92 in the world.
My sister and I are opposites in many ways. She is six feet tall, while I'm five feet four.
I began playing in the Pacific Coast Indoor Tennis Championships.
I didn't want to just rally at the baseline, even though that happened a lot.
From one match to the next, I kept on winning.
I won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 1980.
I was planning to remain an amateur for a while.
Mary Joe Fernandez rarely has a bad loss. She never tries for stupid shots.
My brother Jeff is now my agent at Advantage International in Washington, D.C.
Pam has always been my glamorous big sister - 13 years older than I. She played on the women's circuit for nine years and came home to tell me stories of France, Japan.
I started tennis around age 2.
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