“There were a lot of positives I took from my Serena match. The first and most important for me being that I can compete with the best. That match has really motivated me to keep working and improving!”
Describes herself as calm and quiet.
Started playing tennis at Hong Kong apartment complex's courts.
Lived with her family in Hong Kong (from age 3 to 8) due to her father's job. But in 2000 they came back to USA and bought a home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Her first tennis memory is playing with her sister and her mum (when she was 6 years old).
Graduated from Upper School of the Englewood Cliffs Public Schools as the eighth-grade valedictorian (in 2006).
Speaks English and Spanish fluently, knows basic Mandarin Chinese.
Coached by Jorge Todero.
Well-known for her powerful forehand groundstrokes, as well as for her speed around the court.
According to New York Times her "booming" groundstrokes is one of her primary strengths.
Aggressive baseliner, her favorite shot is forehand, considers movement a strength.
McHale won her 1st WTA title at the Japan Women's Open (in September 2016).
McHale and Lauren Albanese are the only two USTA Girls’ 18s winners to post a victory at Flushing Meadows since the turn of the century.
Growing up idolized the Williams sisters.
Favorite actors are the cast of "Friends".
Hobbies: sports, music, hanging out with friends.
Also did competitive swimming growing up.
Her father, John McHale, is an Irish American (he works in finance) while her mother, Margarita, is from Cuba.
Has older sister Lauren, who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. Also plays tennis.
I live out of a suitcase. It is hard because when my friends are going out on the weekends, I can't go because I have a tournament. But it is all worth it.
In some ways I do feel like a veteran, and in others, I’m like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by'.
Women's tennis is very competitive right now, and with more tournaments being shown on TV, people, and in particular sponsors, are seeing the strength of the competition.
My parents wanted me to do whatever I wanted to do, and they would support my decision. They were excited for me. It changed the fact that I can’t accept a college scholarship now, but everything else stayed the same.