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Quotable Quotes: Teenage Uprising

Monica Puig, Eugenie Bouchard and Madison Keys. All very different players with one very important thing in common - their hunger for success. Get to know them a bit better right here.

Published April 16, 2013 12:00

Quotable Quotes: Teenage Uprising
Madison Keys

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - A slew of teenagers have been making a name for themselves on the WTA recently and a few of them came out in full force at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston - here are a few snippets of their post-match press conferences from the recent Premier-level clay court stop.

Monica Puig
On the transition from the juniors to the pros...
"I don't think it took me too long to adjust. I played my first WTA event right after I was No.2 in the world in juniors. The first thing I noticed was that it was very physical - your breathing is out of control after like a five shot rally. And the depth of the ball, too - if you don't hit the ball deep against some of these girls, they are just going to hit you off the court. That was something I definitely had to work on.

"I didn't get to No.2 in juniors overnight. It was step by step. I think it's going to be the same thing here in the pros. But I know my game is good enough and I'm mentally strong enough to do it."

On how she got started in tennis...
"I was doing ballet but my friend moved away so I was like, 'I'm not going to do this alone.' I used to copy my brother a lot because I didn't really know what to do. My brother did baseball, I did baseball. My brother did karate, I did karate. I was like, 'I'm getting bored with this.' And my mom used to play tennis when she was younger and she told me I should try it, and I'm like, 'Okay, why not.' I started playing a couple of clinics, nothing too serious, and then I really started getting into it when I was 14."

On getting recognized in public in Puerto Rico...
"I'm out on the streets, people will stop me and say, 'Can I have your autograph, and can we take a picture with you?' In Puerto Rico sports are very big and anything that's sports-related, everybody is watching it, hands down. Like today I had about 10,000 Twitter messages saying we are going to be watching the match, good luck and everything. Puerto Rican sports are huge. I was really excited."

On whether she likes the attention...
"Oh yeah, I like it. I like the support. I like the attention. I'm very bubbly. I'll be friends with everyone. If someone stops to talk to me, I'm going to stop to talk to them. It's who I am. It's how I was brought up. I'm never going to give anybody the cold shoulder. That's just the way I am."

Eugenie Bouchard
On being inspired by her good friend Laura Robson's run at the US Open...
"I've known Laura since we were nine, and when she made her run at the US Open, it showed hey, if she can do it, we can do it. When some of the young ones have runs like that, it definitely shows us all that they're human, that all of these top stars are human and we can take them down."

On she and other Canadian tennis players raising the profile of the sport back home...
"I think people are paying more attention to tennis now in Canada instead of hockey, all day every day. It's nice we can do that. Hopefully I can do that more. If I can encourage young kids to play, that's just an honor. I hope we can keep doing that and tennis can become a bigger sport in Canada."

Madison Keys
On whether she is a tennis fan herself...
"I do enjoy watching tennis. Sometimes I watch them play on red clay and they have 40-ball rallies every point, and I'm like, 'I can't watch any more of this.' But overall I do enjoy watching it!"

On her favorite match ever...
"I loved the Federer-Murray final at Wimbledon. I'm a huge Federer fan, but then at the same time I know how much Murray wanted to win that tournament, so I was torn and didn't know who I was kind of rooting for. And then at the end when Murray gave a speech and started crying, I felt really bad."

On the younger generation rising up...
"We saw Laura do really well at the US Open last year, and she did really well in Australia, too. I think there's a bunch of younger players right now that are starting to do well. They're getting at least first round, second round, sometimes third rounds. We're kind of rooting for each other."

On when she knew she wanted to be a professional tennis player...
"I feel like it's always been my dream since I started playing. I was never really one to want to play college tennis or anything like that. I always just wanted to play professional tennis.

"But the reality of doing it didn't really hit me until I was playing in the US Open for the first time, and I remember thinking to myself, 'Wow, I'm actually a professional tennis player. This is kind of cool.'"

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