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'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.
I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.
I'm not the next anyone, I'm the first Maria Sharapova.
There are a lot of pretty girls. I am a tennis player first of all, that is why I am here, and if wasn't producing results no one would notice me.
There is a syndrome in sports called 'paralysis by analysis.'
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
In tennis, it is not the opponent you fear, it is the failure itself, knowing how near you were but just out of reach.
If you don't practice you don't deserve to win.
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.
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 don't mind fans coming up in a friendly, respectful way. That's all part of the fun of being a top tennis player. But if people take pictures without permission, particularly if my children are in the shot, I feel uncomfortable.
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