From the Australian open
Q. What was the first time you saw Serena?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: Probably in Bollettieri's. She came and practiced, or playing matches. I was definitely a big fan of hers, admired the way she played.
Q. Was she especially intense in practice?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: Yeah, I watched her practice. I was 11 years old, 12. I was very excited to see her play, to see her there. Definitely very impressed with her.
Q. Was it one of those, Wow, I hope to hit the ball like her someday?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: Definitely at 12, you don't get to hit as she does, no. We'll see if she gets through. I could face her in the match.
Interview from the French Open
Q. Then you went to Prague and you were playing well in which club? Who were inspiring you for tennis? Czech players, German players, your stepfather?
NICOLE VAIDISOVA: I've been in Germany since some while, definitely Steffi Graf was my inspiration. I don't think there's going to be anybody beating her records, anything she does. I definitely admire her on court and off court, how she carried herself, so much class. She's definitely a great example
An article before Wimbledon 2006..
Nicole Vaidisova has plenty of reasons to relish her return to Wimbledon this year after capturing the headlines during her sensational run to the French Open semi-finals last week.
The Czech 17-year-old spent the first six years of her life in Germany where she was weaned on the grass-court exploits of the great Steffi Graf, who remains an outstanding role model to this day.
Vaidisova beat both Amelie Mauresmo and Venus Williams at Roland Garros and such is her desire to build on that success that she has pulled out of next week's Eastbourne tournament in order to give Wimbledon her full attention.
Vaidisova told PA Sport: "I am always excited to play on grass because it is a small part of the year but there is so much history and so many traditions associated with it.
"Being born in Germany Steffi Graf was always my idol and my inspiration and I am sure nobody else is ever going to do as well as she did. She had so much class on and off the court.
"I grew up watching some of Steffi's finals at Wimbledon and I remember them and how she fought for victory. She was definitely the player I looked up to the most
What she said in Australia was that she admired Serena, not that she idolized the Williams sisters. But she has repeatedly said Steffi Graf was her idol growing up.
Not to highjack the thread, I am sure there are players that idolized Lindsay.