Funny Martina Hingis quotes
"Favorite food? I'm very simple. I just eat everything that comes on the table, right now especially. When I was younger, I didn't like many things, but yesterday we went to eat Chinese, and Japanese I like; Italian, whatever".
"When I throw my raquet it helps me concentrate. It's just the way I am. It's better than to keep it inside."
" There was always a lot of interest in me, but that's OK - everyone likes to be popular and famous, that's what we work for."
"The juniors prepared me well for the pros. I'm used to girls acting like that. Its just as catty in the juniors. I didn't expect them to like having me on tour. They don't want to lose to someone so young. I had my mother there to support me, and that was all that mattered" - reflecting on her first pro match.
"Beating her was unbelievable. It was one of the best matches I've played. Now I would like to win a grand slam tournament. It could happen next year. I played such a perfect match today. I was always the youngster on court and so I always had to think about what I was going to do, and today it was just incredible" - after beating long time idol Monica Seles at Oakland.
"I just beat the world's No. 1, I can't describe the feeling. I was lucky. I played a great game today." - after beating Graf in the Rome quarter finals.
"I've never had big problems about being long on the court. During the U.S. Open I played three events (singles, doubles, mixed doubles) and some people asked me if I want to stay overnight on the court."
"I wish he had broken both hands" - after Marc Rosset lost the Swiss team the Hopman Cup when he punched an advertising board.
"It was just like a formula one car " - on Brenda Schultz-McCarthy`s world record serve against Hingis in Australia.
"It's better for me to have my mother as coach, she knows me so well. She was always at the tournaments from when I was little. No other person would know me so well. She's my best friend. We get mad at each other sometimes, like any family, but we can speak about it later, so everything is fine."
"I was up 6-1 and thought there was no way I'd lose. Normally, you should be able to get one out of five shots. But at 6-6 I got really nervous. I thought if I lose this point I'll crush my raquet in a thousand pieces." - from the Zurich semis against Huber.
"Maybe next year I`ll play in the mixed doubles " Her acceptance speech at the Australian Open 1997 after winning singles and doubles.
"It`s hard to find a horse " Martina commenting on the down side of indoor tournaments.
"I played like ... I want to say a bad word!" Hingis after narrowly defeating Gloria Pizzichini in the 1997 French Open.
After playing the pregnant Tami Jones at the 1997 U.S Open: " I'm going to face two opponents in one time "
Her good luck charm: " I have a little cow bell from Switzerland. When I carry my bags, you can hear it sometimes a little bit. That's it "
" Sometimes when you face Steffi, especially like two years ago, I didn't even want to go to Wimbledon because I saw the draw, first round Steffi. That wasn't very lucky for me. I was like 19 in the world and I had to play her first round, especially you know that on Thursday already. It's like, "Why do I have to practice? I don't even want to go there."
During a coin toss once, Hingis tweaked Davenport by saying, " Do you want me to serve or break you? ''
" I'm not a machine " After losing only her 3rd match of 1997
QUOTES FROM OTHER PLAYERS ABOUT MARTINA:
" She's just very honest, funny about it. She's got a great sense of humor. Martina has a light personality.''
" I think she has the best attitude of any top player that's ever been there ''
When she hits a bad shot, she'll say, 'God, that was atrocious.'
Martina and Lindsay Davenport at the 1997 U.S Open. How sweet
Steffi Graf " I feel she is the one (to replace Steffi at number one)." - After WTA Championship Final November 1996 and how right she was !
" There is no question she has a great future in the game" Helena Sukova
"I wasn't sure how good Hingis would be when I first saw her. I wasn't sure if she'd have enough power, especially on her serve. But after I played against her this year, I saw she had all the shots, and more important, the mind. She may only be 15 years old, but she has the mind of a 30 year old. She is very smart on court and always plays the big points well. She wants to win so badly" Anne Miller
"I knew she had pretty much everything in her game. Those drop-shots! I'd never seen them drop in so close to the net. I felt like she was toying with me." Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
"Martina has a very intelligent game. She sees the court very well. Monica hits the ball really hard. If (Martina) can keep pace with Monica, she'll do okay." - Brenda Schultz-McCarthy After the Oakland semis.
Monica Seles "Martina played some great tennis. She blew me away today. There was not much I could do. She had better answers for every shot I had today. There's no doubt she's going to be a force in women's tennis. She's so young and she's only going to get stronger and better - that's the scary part" - after the Oakland Final.
Kimiko Date "Hingis has so much power I was kind of overwhelmed. There was nothing I could do." - after Martina defeated her at the WTA Championships.
Nick Bolletierri "She is the best thinker of her generation"
Pam Shriver " Boy, she hits the ball so hard, she blinks !!!"