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Born: 1954-12-21
Profession: Athlete
Nation: American
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Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.

Tags: Give, Somebody, Tennis

When I was younger, I was a robot. Wind her up and she plays tennis.

Tags: Her, She, Wind

You can't give up! If you give up, you're like everybody else.

Tags: Else, Everybody, Give

Even though there are a lot of bright tennis players out there, you still have to protect yourself and save all your mental and emotional energies for tennis.

Tags: Emotional, Though, Yourself

When you're a famous, successful person at 16 years old, the rules change for you. Everybody is doing things for you to make life easier so you can go out and play. And I think you miss out on lot of growing up and a lot of reality checks.

Tags: Change, Famous, Life

If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.

Tags: Champion, Heart

If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there's going to be a life after tennis that's a lot longer than your tennis life.

Tags: After, Life, Winning

Every time, all the time, I'm a perfectionist. I feel I should never lose.

Tags: Lose, Time

You pay a price for everything in life.

Tags: Life, Pay, Price

You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.

Tags: Confidence, Difference, Game

To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible. You have to be stubborn. You have to be arrogant. You have to be selfish and self-absorbed. Kind of tunnel vision almost.

Tags: Champion, Selfish, Vision

Being famous before you've formed your personality, before you have that self-esteem, is dangerous.

Tags: Dangerous, Famous, Formed

Find something that you're really interested in doing in your life. Pursue it, set goals, and commit yourself to excellence. Do the best you can.

Tags: Best, Life, Yourself

I always looked ahead.

Tags: Looked

I love hiking in the mountains in Aspen. Breathing the clean, fresh air is great. Plus, it gives me a cardiovascular workout and firms my legs.

Tags: Fresh, Great, Love

I still have this image: I can't be controversial, I can't say things.

Tags: Image

I think team sports probably teach you more about giving - about being unselfish and being flexible.

Tags: Giving, Sports, Team
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I was labeled at a young age - Miss Unemotional, Miss Cool, and that would carry over to my press conferences.

Tags: Age, Cool, Young

I was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people.

Tags: Girl, Shy, Younger

I was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people. Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.

Tags: Girl, Give, Somebody

I'm not an overly ambitious person; I don't feel like I have to excel.

Tags: Ambitious, Excel, Overly

I'm not getting within 20 feet of a married man ever again - not even talking to one!

Tags: Again, Getting, Married

I've had a lot of fear in my life, from fear of flying to fear of making a speech in front of a lot of people.

Tags: Fear, Life, Making

If I win seven tournaments in a row, I get so confident I'm in a cloud. A loss gets me eager again.

Tags: Again, Loss, Win

Losing hurts me.

Tags: Hurts, Losing

Losing hurts me. I was determined to be the best.

Tags: Best, Hurts, Losing

My first U.S. Open I think was just very special for me because that was sort of the beginning of what was a 'Cinderella' story for me.

Tags: Beginning, Special, Story

Ninety percent of my game is mental. It's my concentration that has gotten me this far.

Tags: Far, Game, Percent

Not every child is cut out for an individual sport.

Tags: Child, Cut, Individual

Relationships are give-and-take, and when you're a tennis player, you're certainly not giving. You have to be self-absorbed. It has to be about you.

Tags: Giving, Player, Tennis
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