If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try again.— Michael Chang
The most powerful Michael Chang quotes that are little-known but priceless
As long as there's pasta and Chinese food in the world, I'm okay.
All of the Spaniards are really talented. I don't know what they eat.
I see tendencies, I see body language.
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Hard work is the only way to go. Strive to be the best you can be and remember that when you try your best, you can't ask any more from yourself, and people can't ask any more from you.
If you quit once, it's so much easier to quit the second, third, fourth time.
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.
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.
It has been a difficult road this year, but still I look at every day as a new opportunity.
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.
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.
Obviously the Asian American community wants you to do well.
They are cheering you on no matter what the circumstances.
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'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.
I think Pete Sampras has really reached his peak. About the only thing he doesn't do is cook.
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 feel like I have as good a shot as anybody out there and I have gotten close in the past, so why not have the attitude that I can come out and play great tennis and maybe even win this tournament.
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.
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.
My knee feels good right now. I am definitely able to move about whichever way.
Nearly all of these Chinese girls that have had success have had coaching from foreign coaches.
I am actually nondenominational.
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.
Seeing the Olympics come to China made me want to get more involved.
The first initial feeling, at least for me, was to go out and play well and hopefully win and have the Asian community be even more proud.
I got comments about being too small, too short, there haven't been any Asian players and who am I to go out there and turn pro before my 16th birthday? And that's all good and fine. People want to have their comments and their opinions. Ultimately, you do what you believe in your heart. I think for me, things turned out OK.
When you give your best, that's all you can ask of yourself, all that people can ask of you and all that god desires from you. No matter what the result, walk with your head held high.
In the tennis world, there weren't a whole lot of Asians playing.
You see it a little bit more now. The same can really be said for basketball.
For me, at the French Open, if I wasn't playing my match I was glued to CNN watching the events unfold.
I was always really strict on myself about doing everything possible to prepare for competition.
As an athlete, I used my speed, agility and quickness to go out and play against the big guys.
I am just trying to get biblically stronger.
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.
I look at tennis as a bit of a platform to hopefully touch lives and encourage people.
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 actually became a Christian in my rookie year on tour when I was 16 years old.
It's not that easy for some of these players in China to get the coaching they need.
I realize that I'm in the twilight of my career.
For me, I think the Lord wanted me to win to put a smile on Chinese people's faces.
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.
You know, I feel like if I don't change something, then the results maybe are going to continue the way that they have. That for me is not something that I want to really be a part of.