Without my dad I wouldn’t be here.
To be honest everything in my life outside of tennis is great. I’m doing amazing projects that if I didn’t have time off I wouldn’t be able to focus on.
My main goal is to stay healthy because when you’re injured you realise how lucky you are to have your health.
Music is a part of my life all the time – on the plane before matches driving out to the court.
I’ve been playing against older and stronger competition my whole life. It has made me a better tennis player and able to play against this kind of level despite their strength and experience.
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.
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’m an afternoon tea type of girl. I come from a Russian background where we love our teas. So between lunch and dinner after training I come home and I love a nice cup of tea with jam in it as we drink it there. Black English Breakfast with raspberry jam is my favorite.
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.
I think it’s so cool to be tall. Even when I’m not wearing heels people tell me I’m tall and I always take it as a complement. The good thing is I can always see everybody in the room.