I can understand way more Japanese than I can speak.
When I go to Japan people are confused. From my name, they don’t expect to see a black girl.
I feel there’s not really anybody like me. It seems like more of a challenge being from Japan.
I never thought about the American competition (in tennis). I just thought about playing tennis.
There were a lot of people cheering for me, and I kind of wanted to show how grateful I was. I always think that they’re surprised that I’m Japanese. So the fact that there was like Japanese flags and stuff, it was, like, really touching.
I never feel pressure from playing someone that’s supposed to be, like, better than me. I’m just going to go in there happy and hopefully try to pull off an upset.
I’m just trying to be really stable right now. So I don’t really feel like my shots have changed that much (about the Australian Open). To be the very best, like no one ever was.
I’m used to it more now, but I haven’t really seen Serena (Serena Williams is her tennis idol) that often. I don’t know if I’m sad or happy, because then I don’t have to be all freaked out when I see her. But then I kind of want to see her.
There are so many players and they all need attention. Not tennis players, but, you know, the tournaments and different bodies that need – everybody needs a win. Everybody needs to walk out of the room feeling like that they got something out of it.
I want to be inside the top 100… top 50 by the end of the year (about her goal for 2016).
I want to climb up the rankings. I want to play all the Grand Slams and get as far as I can. I know it sounds crazy, but I hope I can get to the finals.
I like doing interviews. That’s sort of my thing. I don’t know if you guys are laughing just to make me happy, but thank you. I like this kind of stuff.
Sometimes when people hit to my forehand, I’m like:Just go for it, Just hit it. But then I have to put it back inside the court. I feel like I have the shot but it’s just forcing myself to put it inside of the court instead of go for it.
I used to say counterpuncher (about her playing style), but now I’m kind of like an aggressive baseliner.
I’m not really sure how I got into tennis, because it’s more like my dad wanted me to play tennis. And so I just went along for the ride until a certain age and then I was like, ‘I’m good at this. I should keep going.
This whole time I was just waiting to turn 18. Maybe my mind was like ‘You’re 18 now, you can play a lot of matches’ and not stress out too much about playing a few tournaments.
I feel like she (about her sister who is also a tennis player) thinks she can get better, but I’m obviously going to win all the time, which is sad. But she keeps trying!
I’m a child of the Internet, and the Internet has raised me, and its jokes might not be appropriate at certain times.
I like using the computer and playing games on my iPad.
I pretended like I didn’t exist (She didn’t feel comfortable with other tennis players). I sat in the corner and pretended like I was looking at my phone, because I was too shy.
There are lots of (her favorite) movies I watch twice and then I have to take a break. Maybe Kill Bill.
I’m trying to study Japanese but I get really nervous when I hear it. It’s really fast; sometimes it sounds like they’re rapping, so then I’m just like. I didn’t hear the first part of the question. Then I look like an idiot, and I don’t want to look like an idiot.
If I don’t have to show emotion, I’m just not gonna.
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