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Maria Sharapova Quotes

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Maria Sharapova quotes: Russian professional tennis player’s seven-figure sayings.

“You control your own wins and losses.”

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

“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 realize there’s always a bright side, you have to pick yourself up and get ready for the next game.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“If everything was going smoothly you would never build character.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“People always ask about young people like me being forced into things.  I play tennis because I love it.  I think Russians might be tougher than other people.  When I arrived in America I was young, but I already knew what I wanted.  I think that when you start from nothing, when you come from nothing, it makes you hungry.  I am proud of where I came from and I know what I want.  I want to win.”

“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.”

“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.”

“When I make commitments I like to stick to them, especially when I’m giving back to kids.  Just giving them an example of what they can achieve.  I love giving back to kids.  It’s fantastic.”

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

“I had so many outs in my career.  I could have said, ‘I don’t need this.  I have money; I have fame; I have victories; I have Grand Slams.’  But when your love for something is bigger than all those things, you continue to keep getting up in the morning when it’s freezing outside, when you know that it can be the most difficult day, when nothing is working, when you feel like the belief sometimes isn’t there from the outside world, and you seem so small.  But you can achieve great things when you don’t listen to all those things.”

“Women’s tennis is getting faster and the girls are getting more athletic, so I need to push myself to become a better athlete.  I think 2013 showed me, like a few other years, how important being healthy is and how I must listen to my body.  During this off season I have been a little smarter on how I train and how I treat my body.”

“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.”

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

“When I come into a tournament, I’m expecting to win.  That’s my philosophy.  I can’t go to a tournament thinking, ‘I’m going to get my ass kicked today, so I might as well leave.'”

“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 look forward to the challenges.”

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

“That is what is most special about achieving equality – the positive signal that it will send the world over to the next generation of girls dreaming of winning Wimbledon or becoming a scientist or going to the moon as an astronaut.”

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

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

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

“Tennis has never been the most important thing in my life.  My family, my health, my happiness… they are more important to me.  On court, I want to win.  Off court, I want to be a better person.  Tennis is a path to my future.”

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

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

“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 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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Within a few years the name ‘Maria Sharapova’ will be a brand as universally recognized as Calvin Klein, BMW, and Rolex.”

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

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