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" My parents have been unbelievable. Obviously, without them, I wouldn't be where I am. "
" I stumbled into tennis. "
" I'm a visual learner, so with hand-eye coordination, I was a natural. "
" My role at the USTA allows me to fulfill my ambition to open up opportunities for people to play tennis that may not otherwise have a chance or an outlet to play. "
" In college, you become truly independent; your discipline is honed. It has to be there for your studies. It helped make me who I am, and it increased my determination to be the best I could be. "
" When I was a kid, people reached out and gave me a chance. "
" I was throwing a spiral football at 6. "
" I'm a competitor in everything that I do. I love to compete. "
" There were so many people who were instrumental in helping me get better. They say it takes a village, and the tennis community has been my village. That's why I've always felt that I have a responsibility to give back. "
" I was eighth in the world in doubles, 67th in singles. Could I have achieved more? Yes, perhaps, but I did it my way. "
" Northwestern was never known as a sports school. I was proud to add a national title to the school. "
" Few players hit the swinging forehand volley as often, or as well, as Maria Sharapova. "
" Tennis is a very interesting world. It's a sport of opportunities, but it's a sport of challenges as well. And for anybody to continue to progress, they have to understand what those challenges are. "
" I grew up in the USTA's junior circuit. "
" My parents were teachers. "
" It can be difficult playing friends. But you also have to know that it's a match, and this is what you do. And you do your best. "
Do Your Best
" As a kid, I used to love going to the arcade. I used to tell my parents I was working on my hand-eye coordination. It was probably just a way to get more quarters from them. "
" Anything with the title 'Breaking The Barriers' means a lot to us, and to myself in particular, because if it wasn't for those who broke the barrier of color before me, I would not have the opportunity to live the life I'm leading right now. "
" Changing the dialogue and behaviors around race and equality in sports starts with removing barriers and creating opportunities. "
" A bad toss is one of the most common causes of a bad serve, and most tosses are bad because players release the ball too soon, flick their wrists, or both. "
" I was fortunate to have people like Althea Gibson come and speak to me, also Leslie Allen and Arthur Ashe. So I feel obligated, part of my duty, to continue to pass on the knowledge I've learned to youngsters and adults alike. "
" Everything that I do is with a purpose and intent of wanting to make a difference. "
Make A Difference
" I was the ultimate tomboy because my oldest brother used to always beat up on me and wrestle and make sure I was engaged in sports, because I was his excuse to be able to go hang out with his friends. "
" My goal is to play better than my seed. If I'm seeded sixth, I want to try to go to the semifinals. If I'm seeded third, I'm going to shoot for the finals. "
" With Venus and Serena and their ascension - and you had a lot of kids that saw them and wanted to be like them - it's like any sport, any major athlete, like Michael Jordan in basketball: everybody wanted to be like Mike. "