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I love competing.
– Maria Sharapova
Whether you win a match or lose a match, in terms of your emotions, it’s important to be pretty levelheaded.
I have always had an interest in fashion and design and I appreciate style and timelessness within my footwear and accessories both on and off the court.
There are days when I go out on the court and I feel like I can’t miss a ball.
Through my travels, I find inspiration in street style and how young women create their individual looks and identity.
If I loved a guy as much as I love my dog, the guy would be in serious trouble. Because I’m all over that dog, all the time.
A great tennis career is something that a 15-year-old normally doesn’t have. I hope my example helps other teens believe they can accomplish things they never thought possible.
I spent a whole year when I was injured just trying to get my arm back to the point where I could hit a tennis ball for more than 30 minutes a day. I’d hit for 15 minutes and it would feel as if my arm was going to fall off.
You have your bad moments in your career and your good moments. And it’s been a good ride so far, but it’s not over yet.
I want my handbags and my shoes to be stylish but I want to make sure that they’re versatile. I travel and I have to make sure the pieces I put into my bag can go with a dress or with shorts or jeans.
I try not to hit a swing volley and run back. So my swing volley is kind of that transition to the net. It’s been one of my favorite shots ever since I was young.
I definitely feel Russian inside, even when I’m in America I feel Russian.
If you’re able to help some people and make them smile and make them realize that life is good, then that’s worth so much more than buying a pair of shoes.
I want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red.
The more matches I play, the more confident I get.
As an individual, I take every match seriously, no matter who I’m going to play.
I’m focused on going out every day and doing my best.
It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content.
I don’t need many things. I don’t need glamour and attention to be happy. I’m very happy being settled and working my butt off and trying to win grand slams.
Of course, everyone knows my story of being born in Russia and moving to the United States at 7. For a few years people would say, ‘Well, she’s living in the United States, but she’s Russian.’
I don’t follow other players or the tournaments they play. I have my own schedule and do my own thing. I never really think, ‘Oh, I want to be or play like so-and-so.’ I just like being myself.
I’m never standing still and that makes my life pretty exciting.
I’m an afternoon tea type of girl. I come from a Russian background where we love our teas. So between lunch and dinner after training I come home and I love a nice cup of tea with jam in it, as we drink it there. Black English Breakfast with raspberry jam is my favorite.
I help design my own tennis clothes.
My main goal is to stay healthy because when you’re injured you realise how lucky you are to have your health.
Sometimes when you’re putting the work in it just seems so, so hard, and you never know when that work’s going to pay off.
When you look good, you feel good. Confidence with what you’re wearing is very important. If you feel good, you will always perform your best without worrying about anything.
My family and I built my whole career from scratch.
I’m just a very tough person when I go on the court, and I really don’t want to lose.
I want my tennis to speak for everything.