Improving my technique is something that never ends, but working on my mental strength is the most important thing to help me make that next step. I need to really focus on what I’m doing and not what’s going around me during tournaments.
I’ve always had this fire inside, and I always wanted to be a part of the great players.
Even though sometimes I’m losing, sometimes I’m winning, I just keep on working.
Of course you are frustrated. You are fighting, you are working, and some players younger or a little bit older are getting results faster. Everyone has their own story, and I think anyway the young players will soon come up and do something great.
I’m not really surprised being ranked safely inside the top 40. I always expected myself to do something big, somewhere. I think it’s that my hard work paid off, and that’s what happened.
I have a great relationship with Kazakhstan at the moment, but, I mean, life is long.
You never know what’s going to happen. So at the moment I’m happy with what I have, but anything can change.
I took to Florida life immediately. You can be so close to the tennis, to the beach, to the shopping, to pretty much everything. You always have time to do work and to rest. That’s the best.
The adrenaline rush compares well with tennis’s. Maybe before going on a roller coaster I have the same feeling as before going onto a tennis match.
In tennis, the initial rush disappears. Then a player must settle down to the real work of dealing with the situations the game presents.
Me and Serena Williams are both hard workers and we’ve always wanted something big. So we just are following our dreams, trying to believe in ourselves and work on everything, every single part of the game, and just improve.
I’ve started to do better now handling — not the pressure, but when the things are not going in the right direction. Just to keep doing your thing, keep focusing, keep trying, keep believing and keep working.
I’m just going to go there and show my game, show my best, and we’ll see what’s going to happen.
Each player it’s really good from the next generation coming, but we all have our problems, which only we can work with. And who will do it better first will reach the goal to be No. 1.
Juniors, they are not consistent. They have a lot of ups and downs. They can play unbelievable level for three games but then after drop for a level of 1000.
I’m always happy when I am winning matches. But still my goal was not to make the quarters. I mean, my dream, is that I hope I’m going to go further.
How can I pull off the win? Just believing in myself, keep pushing and saying that I can do it.
I have a patient game and like to move my opponent around the court and then at the right moment just go for it.
I don’t like to look too far ahead, so I am just trying to win every tournament I enter. It’s not always possible, but that’s my goal at the start of each week. I love tennis and winning. I don’t really think about rankings, I just want to try my best and work as hard as I can each day.
Always when I’m losing the matches, I’m telling myself that I want to quit because I don’t want to see the rankings and the court anymore. But then I think, ‘tennis is my life, what would I do instead?
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