Tennis - Portugal's Michelle Larcher de Brito has credited her parents for continuing to believe in her even as many other wrote her off after her stunning win over world no. 3 Maria Sharapova in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday.
"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my parents. I'm not one of those players who is going to make up excuses like I was sick or injured, none of that. I simply wasn't playing well. I had no motivation. I'm just lucky I had my parents next to me, supporting me, helping me to keep going.
It was really tough for me at one stage. The only people I had left was my mom, my dad, my brothers. They were supporting me through this really tough time. Now they're still here with me when I'm succeeding. "I'm not going to lie.
I did drop off the radar a little bit. That's just why it makes the wins that much more sweeter. I'm really grateful to have a wonderful family that supported all these years." "I'm really excited. I really can't believe it.
It's a little bit of shock and excitement. I'm just really happy I got through that match. It was a really great win for me. The end was really nerve-wracking. I tried to stay calm. I gave it my all. It was 5-4. If I lost that, it would have been 5-all.
If it were 5-all, it would have been tough to get back up again, because she was serving, and she was serving really well. I thought, 'Now or never.' I tried to stay calm, even though it's hard sometimes. I just gave it my all, like I always do, and it turned out well for me in the end." "When I was 16, when I was in the Top 100, everybody was comparing me to like Martina Hingis, and expecting me to win a Grand Slam at that age.
But that doesn't happen anymore, winning Grand Slams so young. Tennis is such a competitive sport now and so hard, it's just really hard to stay there.But I just tried to keep going, and now I'm here again, and I hope to keep doing well all year."