“I hate losing. That’s why I don’t play board games.”
“…I was joking, like, 'hey, want to be my coach?' And she was like, 'yeah, sure!' And I was 'really, really?' Like, that’s actually how it went.”
Kristie Ahn, on how Shenay Perry came to be her coach
“It’s tough training for two weeks, playing a match, playing and training for two weeks, playing a match, losing, and it’s a tough cycle to be in because you feel more nervous and extra pressure for that match, especially you’re on center court and it’s a big tournament, or maybe you get a wild card.”
“There are many things that you can do in your life. So you start to think about that, and sometimes it’s worse to think abou that. But it’s coming. So you have to be ready to combine, and even when you will stop, what you will do. So the day comes."
Sara Errani, on looking ahead
So can you just talk through that second set, how you were able to stay composed and what do you think the secret was to getting it done it straight sets.
“I feel like you’re making fun of me.”
“And she’s a lefty and I am lefty. I play always bad against lefties. The serve is different, and I’m not used to it.”
“…I mean, when you’re ranked 900, it’s not their pride of like, ‘yes my
daughter is playing professional tennis, but she’s ranked 900.”
“I love downtown, those little restaurants, those are really cute. It’s more European, I feel like.”
“And it’s not a goal to like everyone, but I think it’s nice if you can deal with everyone.”
“It was already 10 p.m., so I just went home. Yeah, I had dinner and I went to sleep. That’s it. I was not able to go to the nightclub and celebrate my win.”
“The first set, the court seemed so small because, I mean, I’ve never played on a stadium this big.”
On your Instagram account, I saw you were hitting the soccer ball around. Is that in your future, a soccer career for you?
“Did you watch the video?”
“But the match starts with yourself, and that’s what I can control.”
“It’s very nice, but at the same time, it’s, yeah, put a little bit of
pressure on you because everybody is asking you if I saw this big
picture on the stadium. Like, I think everybody saw it in the city.”
“Every week we’re on the clay is a week we’re closer to grass.”
“So it’s not easy, but I think it’s just sport and it’s just coach, so
he can do whatever he wants. And he gets better offer, then he can go.
It’s like, not marriage.”