When I was 11, I won my first nationals at Savannah, defeating Kelly Henry in the finals.
Pam has always been my glamorous big sister – 13 years older than I. She played on the women’s circuit for nine years and came home to tell me stories of France, Japan.
I didn’t want to just rally at the baseline, even though that happened a lot.
I was planning to remain an amateur for a while.
I won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 1980.
Venus hasn’t been to the semis for a couple of years in a Grand Slam – she’s been coming back from injury.
We’ve gotta give Richard Williams a lot of credit – to give us two number one champions is a phenomenal feat.
I began playing in the Pacific Coast Indoor Tennis Championships.
I started tennis around age 2.
My brother Jeff is now my agent at Advantage International in Washington, D.C.
From one match to the next, I kept on winning.
My sister and I are opposites in many ways. She is six feet tall, while I’m five feet four.
My mind started wandering. I started playing carefully, instead of playing the way that had gotten me to that point. I had to force myself to keep driving the ball.
Winning that first game was so important; my mother always said that the first game of the second set was the chance to keep it going if you were ahead or change things if you were behind.
Mary Joe Fernandez rarely has a bad loss. She never tries for stupid shots.