Q&A Part One

What made you take up tennis as a child?
I was always down at the club with my mum and dad and one day I asked if I could pick up a racket and have a lesson. I would have been about 7 and a half at the time.

Who inspired you to strive to become a professional tennis player? Mainly my mum and dad as well as all their friends at the club. I suppose once I had some lessons my first coach (Jon Black) really inspired me to get better and better. I think he really brought the best out of me and I really enjoyed it so I just wanted to play more and more.

What are the highlights of your career so far?
I have always been really proud of making it to the final of the orange bowl in america. At the time i was the first british girl to do that. Since then the gold medal in the commonwealth games was a real high and being able to play for great britain in the federation cup at the start of 2011. Equal to this was also my first appearence at wimbledon in 2008, it just seemed so unreal.

Is life as a professional tennis player as glamorous as it sounds?
Yes and No. there is a lot of hard work and the hours you keep are all pretty random, making your whole life a bit random in what you can commit to and what you can’t. However, this is outweighed by all the rewards of travelling the world and meeting some great people whilst doing what you love to do.

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