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Interview with Christina McHale

by Krista Lyn White, WSO sports mentor

Just when some thought the fat lady was about to sing, Christina McHale stopped the music. Fighting her way into the 3rd round at the US Open this year [2013], she left no question in the minds of naysayers: this American is not done. She has only just begun.

Krista Lyn White, WSO sports mentor


Christina: When I think about all that my grandparents risked to leave Cuba, it inspires me to do better everyday. I want to achieve more. And I don’t mind working hard.

In Cuba, my grandpa was a journalist and could see that Castro would not do what he had promised to do. So, the new government told him to leave. He and my grandma had to live in a refuge camp in Spain for a year. They had nothing, no money. They were hungry. Luckily they were able to get to the United States.

People say that I’m a good fighter on court. And I think that comes from them. I see how far they have come. I see how they fought.

The short and sweet on Christina:

What’s your favorite ice cream?

Cookies and cream.

Favorite baseball team?

Yankees.

Favorite tennis player?

Nadal.

How many languages do you speak?

English, Spanish & Chinese.

Favorite tournament?

US Open

What’s your best quality?

I keep going.

What was it like to represent the U.S.A. in the Olympics in 2012?

Amazing!

Favorite U.S. president?

George Washington

Hate the most about pro tennis?

Losing

What did you listen to before your US Open matches?

Katy Perry & Lady Gaga

If you weren’t a tennis player, what would you be?

Doctor