Zitat des Tages von Michael Chang:
Obviously the Asian American community wants you to do well. They are cheering you on no matter what the circumstances.
I am actually nondenominational.
I still have a belief and a faith that some great things are still going to happen in my career. If I didn't believe that, it makes no sense for me to be out there, and on top of that, I know this is a period of time that God wants me to persevere through.
You can work really hard, but if you're not training in the right way you're not going to improve and get to the level that you want to.
As long as there's pasta and Chinese food in the world, I'm okay.
I have lost a little bit of flexibility, but the doctors say with any kind of torn ligament it is not uncommon for the injury to take 16 months to be 100 percent healed.
It's not that easy for some of these players in China to get the coaching they need.
For me, I think the Lord wanted me to win to put a smile on Chinese people's faces.
I think the French Open, in many ways, brought out a certain characteristic in me and in my game that was already there. Just the circumstances allowed for it to be able to show.
I think I could look back through the past few years at missed opportunities and stuff, but one thing I have learned is not to dwell on missed chances or times where you have failed.
I'm a competitive person and it is in my nature to try hard in every match I play. The only time I'm not competitive is when I'm playing against my mom.
All of the Spaniards are really talented. I don't know what they eat.
It has been a difficult road this year, but still I look at every day as a new opportunity.
For me, at the French Open, if I wasn't playing my match I was glued to CNN watching the events unfold.
It's difficult sometimes when you have somebody who is of a different culture trying to make light of something that is maybe not quite something that they understand.
That's what really seems to be the more difficult aspect - to have the men break through and challenge the best players in the world.
It's like one of those dreams you have when someone is chasing you. You're running as fast as you can, and someone's trotting behind you, just out of range, trying to grab onto you.
I didn't have the ability to blow people off the court, so I needed my legs, my preparation and the ability to think on my feet.
I just feel like it would be so against my personality to have this struggle in tennis and just give up. I know it's not me, not who I am, and that would probably affect other parts of my life.
I was always really strict on myself about doing everything possible to prepare for competition.
I realize that I'm in the twilight of my career.
I think when you've played at the level that I've played, anything outside the top 10 in certain aspects is just a number, unless you're obviously trying to get into tournaments and stuff.
Nearly all of these Chinese girls that have had success have had coaching from foreign coaches.
I actually became a Christian in my rookie year on tour when I was 16 years old.
I am just trying to get biblically stronger.
I look at tennis as a bit of a platform to hopefully touch lives and encourage people.
If you quit once, it's so much easier to quit the second, third, fourth time.
I see tendencies, I see body language.
My knee feels good right now. I am definitely able to move about whichever way.
Maybe sometimes I'm such a thinker, I reevaluate too much. Sometimes when it comes down to it, I really don't need to do anything, I don't really need to change anything. I need to just keep plugging away, working at it.