It’s nice to see that against the No. 1 player in the world I can hold my own and have chances.
I have a lot of ups and downs throughout my career and I hope that it won’t be another four years before I have another top-5 win.
There is room for improvement in every aspect of my game. One of the big things I am working on now is getting stronger fitness-wise.
I have a lot of goals, but the big thing is to keep getting better. I want to find out what’s out there for me.
It was definitely a really big decision (to turn professional). My whole family and coaches were involved in it. This is something I have always wanted to do, so I thought I might as well be 100 percent committed to it.
Every match I want to be able to produce my highest level, and that’s what I’m, working really hard on, on the practice court and the gym and everything to build on this.
When I was 14, I even got a picture of myself with Rafael Nadal there (US Open).
The most fun is to go to the outer courts and to see the players really up close.
That’s something that can teach me on (Japan Open) tour, not be worried about the score and focus and play each point.
I don’t see my friends from school that much anymore. I’m always traveling, it’s always hectic. Playing tennis has been a dream of mine, but there are things I miss.
I first started playing tennis in Hong Kong, so it’s a special place for me. In the apartment complex that we lived in, they had tennis courts with a kids’ program after school. My mom signed my sister and I up and that’s how everything started.
Women’s tennis has continued to become a lot more powerful and fast-paced, which has made the game that much more exciting to watch.
I feel like different environments work for different players. Some like to be around other top players because it pushes them, but others enjoy staying home.
My sister and I went to an international school and had the chance to meet and become friends with so many people from all over the world. We also had the chance to travel to many other countries in Asia during this time, so it was great to experience a lot of different cultures at such a young age.
Now when you play a real match you feel like you have so much time, you’re used to any crowd noise and the game doesn’t feel as fast.
The best advice I could give is that at an early age—don’t be too worried about your wins and losses. Don’t get so concerned about the rankings and things like that. Just focus on improving your game and don’t be so results-oriented.
That’s tennis, and the good thing is that there are still a lot of things in my game I can improve upon. So I feel like if I keep working, just keep staying with what I’m doing, it’ll turn around.
I love playing in front of family and friends and having the support.
[Grand slams] are still new to me, playing in them. There’s still that feeling [of how big it is], but I think I’m getting a bit more experience, so hopefully I’ll be able to treat them like any other match.
Being a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2012 has definitely been the most memorable moment of my career so far. It was the coolest thing I have been a part of and something that I’m really proud of.
I know the American fans are looking for the next big American player, but I try not to think about it too much. It’s really exciting to be a part of it, but I try not to put more pressure on myself and just enjoy it.
I’ve been enjoying being part of a team, such a different experience than any other thing I’ve done. It’s a cool experience.
Being able to speak Spanish has definitely been really helpful for me. It makes traveling to Hispanic countries for tournaments a lot easier, and I love being able to interact with my fans there. Also, it makes it easier to communicate with the other Spanish-speaking players!
It’s my personality not to show too much, not to show too much negative or positive. I try to stay in the middle.
My strengths on court are my movement and my consistency.
It’s so nice to be able to be home. With all the traveling that I do, it always feels amazing to come home and be able to train at home. I get to spend more time here. It’s huge for me.
My parents have always been really supportive.
I really enjoy using social media and I was very excited to start my new Instagram account.
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