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Maria Sharapova Quotes


“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 want to be different. If everyone is wearing black, I want to be wearing red.”


“I love jotting down ideas for my blog, so I doodle or take notes on all kinds of stuff that inspires me: the people I meet, boutiques I visit, a florist that just gave me a great idea for an interior-design project, things like that.”


“I've been playing against older and stronger competition my whole life. It has made me a better tennis player and able to play against this kind of level despite their strength and experience.”


“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'm focused on going out every day and doing my best.”


“I heard endless conversations between my parents when I was going to sleep about how we would survive, how we would continue. All of them were about trying to make me better.”


“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 can't please everyone. That's not in my J.D., you know, not in my job description.”


“I'm just like every other girl who likes to shop, likes to look good, likes to spend time with friends.”


“I love street style, seeing how girls wear pieces and how their pair accessories with their outfit. How they pair shoes with a bag and go to day to night and change things up.”


“Without my dad, I wouldn't be here.”


“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.”


“I love getting consumer reports. I think it's one of my favourite things, studying what people have to say about the product and then trying to make it better.”


“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 love to eat, and if I could, I'd eat every second of my life.”


“The forehands or backhands don't mean much after three hours.”


“I learned there's a big difference between juniors and the pros.”


“I'm just a very tough person when I go on the court, and I really don't want to lose.”


“When you are young, you are a little naive.”


“You control your own wins and losses.”


“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.”


“The more matches I play, the more confident I get.”


“I look forward to the challenges.”


“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 still love things that you don't even need to pay for. Going to the beach and being around five of your friends and having a good time means so much more than going out and spending hundreds of dollars.”


“I'd like to have a family.”


“I have had lots of luck in my career but there has also been a lot of hard work.”


“I have a Russian heart.”


“Well, fans always root for the underdog.”


“Since I'm constantly in the sun, I use sunscreen daily.”


“If I can create something that allows a woman to feel better - that is the true reward.”


“I'm not the next anyone, I'm the first Maria Sharapova.”


“There are days when I go out on the court and I feel like I can't miss a ball.”


“I mean, I think I'm doing a lot better than other people that have had shoulder surgery in their careers. Some people have never come back.”


“As an individual, I take every match seriously, no matter who I'm going to play.”


“I'm an athlete. I go out there and fight my heart out.”


“I know my roots and I cannot forget the journey I made.”


“I love yoga. I do yoga when I have time, which is not very often.”


“When you're going through tough moments, you never know when you're going to have good moments.”


“I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi.”


“When you travel so many weeks a year, it's always nice to have a home-cooked meal.”


“To be honest, everything in my life outside of tennis is great. I'm doing amazing projects that, if I didn't have time off, I wouldn't be able to focus on.”


“I love playing for my country, getting the support. Especially for the kids and everybody, showing my example of what I can achieve so early. And maybe they can achieve it, too, just to get that in their minds.”


“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.”


“Since I was young, the artistic expression that fashion embodies has inspired me. It's a way to communicate oneself.”


“I don't spend a lot of my time in the locker room. That's my least favourite place in the world.”


“Sometimes I feel my arm is like a swan's neck - so weak.”


“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”


“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.”


“I don't worry about what my opponent is doing.”


“My parents had a normal life in Russia and they could have easily kept living a normal life, working and raising a child in Russia.”


“I love competing.”


“When I need to push myself, I think of all those nicely polished trophies waiting to be lifted up by the winner - and how that winner might be me.”


“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'm always on the go. I love doing things until I hit rock bottom. Then I need my 12 hours of sleep, and I'm on the go again.”


“I'm not a huge gym person, so I try to stay away from the gym. But I love to run on the beach or go for a walk. It's better than riding a stationary bike.”


“When I walk through that gate to the court, that's my escape. I block out everything, good and bad.”


“I've been very competitive by nature from a young age, whether it was eating a bowl of pasta faster than somebody else, or always wanting to be the first one in line.”


“I definitely feel Russian inside, even when I'm in America I feel Russian.”


“If I'm nervous, it means I had to work hard to get there, whether it's playing in a tournament or speaking at an event. So I try to stop and be proud of getting to live in that moment.”


“I help design my own tennis clothes.”


“I think when you know what you are going to wear, it fits and it's great material, then you feel confident in it.”


“I have a very big sweet tooth and I love treating myself to something that I wouldn't necessarily eat during the tournament such as a nice-sized cake.”


“I love what I do and I love being an athlete, but I also love all the things that have come with it.”


“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.”


“I want my tennis to speak for everything.”


“I owe a lot to my parents.”


“Through my travels, I find inspiration in street style and how young women create their individual looks and identity.”


“I love to collect modern art.”


“I'm always that annoying person that pulls out the camera in the middle of dinner and starts taking candids.”


“Whenever I have friends over, we end up eating and talking and losing track of time, and, once in a while, singing karaoke. It reminds me of the family meals we had in Russia, which always lasted a very long time. That's a tradition I miss.”


“When I make a commitment I stick to it.”


“I think it's so cool to be tall. Even when I'm not wearing heels people tell me I'm tall and I always take it as a complement. The good thing is I can always see everybody in the room.”


“I don't get to do as much sightseeing as I would like to.”


“I hit a ball for a living, but I have that passion to keep learning.”


“I find a lot of inspiration in street style and watching women walk, the way they wear things and what they're wearing.”


“Tennis has given me this wonderful life and I'm very grateful for it.”


“When I travel, I love speaking to women around the world about the things that inspire them, the fashions they like, what makes something good and what would make it even better.”


“Music is a part of my life all the time - on the plane, before matches, driving out to the court.”


“Ever since I was young I loved making things and being part of the design process.”


“I never really had an idol.”


“There's not many firsts in my career, as I have been a part of many tournaments and fortunate enough to win many.”


“I don't do heavy weights at all.”


“I'm never standing still and that makes my life pretty exciting.”


“It's strange for my friends when they see me on TV and in magazines, because the person that they see doing interviews and pictures on the red carpet is not the person that they know.”


“My main goal is to stay healthy because when you're injured you realise how lucky you are to have your health.”


“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.”


“Whether you win a match or lose a match, in terms of your emotions, it's important to be pretty levelheaded.”


“There are so many roads you can take that will lead you the wrong way, that nobody will hear your name.”


“When I'm down or maybe when it's close in the match, I feel like I'm still in it. I don't feel like I'm letting down. Mentally, I'm still really, really tough.”


“I always have a Sharpie, because usually when someone asks me for an autograph, they don't have a pen. I carry one in my purse, as well as in my tennis bag.”


“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 go to yoga classes and work on my core.”


“My family and I built my whole career from scratch.”


“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.”


“No matter what you study, the thing that you know best is what you grew up with.”


“It's always tough when you lose - you've worked so hard for that moment and it hasn't gone the way you wanted. But you have to realise there's always a bright side, you have to pick yourself up and get ready for the next game.”


“After being on the court for six hours, being on TV is very glamorous and fun for me. But tennis is always going to be my priority. It's not going to be this thing when all of a sudden TV will get in the way of that.”


“I love where I'm from. I don't live there because of the circumstances, but all my family is there. It's what's inside, it's not what's outside that determines the culture and the feeling.”


“You can't control what people say about you and what they think about you. You can't plan for bad luck. You can only work your hardest and do your best and tell the truth. In the end, it's the effort that matters. The rest is beyond your control.”


“I hope people take away every kind of lesson, good and bad. This is a story about sacrifice, what you have to give up. But it's also just the story of a girl and her father and their crazy adventure.”


“At the beginning, it's all you have: a simple forehand, a simple backhand. It's all you have at the end, too.”


“Losing. I know what losing does to you. I'd learned its lessons on tennis courts all over the world. It knocks you down but also builds you up. It teaches you humility and gives you strength. It makes you aware of your flaws, which you then must do your”


“If you don't know where you come from, you don't know who you are.”


“I don't think it's for them to have an opinion, because they don't have the facts'.”


“Every loss teaches you something. The quicker you learn from the losses, then forget about the actual losing, the better off you will be. And do it fast!”


“I've always believed that you have to train harder than you play. That's how you win—so that the match, when it comes, comes as a kind of break. And you train, in this world, not for one match or for one tournament or for one season, but for an entire”


“A tennis player at twenty-nine can seem like the oldest person in the world. She's been through an entire life span already, from youth to middle age to "get off the court, you're too damn old." A pro athetle really dies twice. At the end, like everyone”


“Being ranked number one is not enough—I had to prove that I deserved to be ranked number one. I had to win that second Grand Slam.”


“Nothing makes you want somthing more than having it and losing it. Until I got that top ranking, I hadn't realized how much I'd wanted it. Now, more than anything, I wanted it back.”


“It can be hard to define home, especially when you have led a life as crazy and all over the place as mine, but you know it when you're there. It's where you feel most grounded, most understood, where you don't have to explain. It's where they get you. I”


“I had never thought of my influence on other people before, how all the work I was doing might pave the way for the next generations, as others had paved the way for me. But I saw it now, and it inspired me. it made me happy and it awed me and of course”


“Maybe, in sports, you have to be dumb enough to believe you always have a chance. And a bad memory —you need that, too. You must be able to forget. You made an unforced error? You blew an easy winner? Don't dwell. Don't reply. Just forget, as if it never”


“Everyone wants to be with you when you win Grand Slams, but who will stick close when the whole world turns on you? That's the question.”


“To beat me, you had to break my serve, which did not break as easily as it had before. That's when I became dangeroud. That's when all those defeats turned into victories. At age fifteen, I began to win, and win consistently. My serve propelled me into a”


“I've always believed that you have to train harder than you play. That's how you win — so that the match, when it comes, comes as a kind of break.”


“And you train, in this world, not for one match or for one tournament or for one season, but for an entire career, which will continue until they make you leave the last court on the final day.”


“The good players win when everything is working. The great players win even when nothing is working…”


“Being ranked number one is not enough — I had to prove that I deserved to be ranked number one. I had to win that second Grand Slam.”


“Nothing makes you want something more than having it and losing it. Until I got that top ranking, I hadn't realized how much I'd wanted it. Now, more than anything, I wanted it back.”

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