My movement is my biggest strength but I think it’s also that I don’t give up. People say ‘OK, she is a great mover’. But I don’t give up and I run until I know I’m not going to get there.
If I’m down I’ll try and figure out how I can win. My competitiveness is pretty natural.
You just have to be honest with the public.I said just before playing Hopman Cup that I was super nervous. I try and have the pressure off me just by not putting pressure on myself, just enjoying it. I always like to play in front of the big crowd. I know that everyone was supporting me and is always going for me. I’m just trying to enjoy every moment and not think of anything negative.
My coaches say that as long as it doesn’t distract me, I can be emotional. I play really bad when I’m being sarcastic and being too arrogant. That’s when I can’t perform at my best. I think I care a lot and when I’m positive and winning, I’m showing it. When I’m not happy with myself, I’m showing it too.
We’ve been together for a long time (about her relationship with Luke Saville), for five years almost. I think it actually helps that sometimes we are away from each other, we don’t live the same lives as everyone.
Obviously I’m looking forward to my ranking going up. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing, and I think I’ve been executing and doing everything right.
I was always just pretty competitive. I think every player hates to lose. I just feel like I have a chance every time and I just fight until I’m done with the match, until I can’t‑‑ until it’s done, until the last point.
You have nothing to lose. Just fight as hard as you can, get every ball back.
I’ve always loved Melbourne and Australia …and after each tournament I would still spend a few weeks there and train with Storm (Sanders) and other girls — and obviously dating Luke, I just love everything about it.
I can get my serve better still; I can get my forehand better; everything can get better. But the main thing is for me to stay aggressive and to look forward and coming into the net.
I just play tennis and I try my best all the time. I don’t really think of a name when I play tennis, I just think of playing well.
I love the crowd. I love people watching me. It helps me a lot.
I don’t feel any pressure, but I really want to keep going and keep winning. I’m just building my own pressure.
Her big goal for 2017 is to win her first WTA title but first she’d like to lift the trophy again in Perth, where it all started. “Yeah, I can’t wait.”