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Biofile: Kristie Ahn Interview

By Scoop Malinowski  

Status: WTA no. 96. Played for Stanford University.

DOB: June 15, 1992 In: Flushing Meadows, NY

Ht: 5-5 Wt: 130  

First Tennis Memory: “I was playing a level three tournament in an indoor club in Tenafly (N.J.) and it was round-robin and I remember there were these two sisters that were really good. And I was like, Wow. I want to be like them. And then maybe I think a few months later I beat them both. So it was really funny (age 8).” 

Tennis Inspirations: “Just to see how far I can go. Just one match at a time, like just go. Just like staying in the moment. That’s my inspiration. If that makes any sense [smiles].” 

Last Book Read: “Current book – I am reading The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner.” 

First Famous Tennis Player You Met Or Encountered: “Tsonga. At the U.S. Open. When I first walked in, I was, Oh my, there’s Tsonga. I just walked by and stared.” 

Current Car:  “Honda.” 

Favorite Movie: He’s Just Not That Into You.” 

Greatest Sports Moment: “Definitely I’d say qualifying in the U.S. Open and playing Dinara Safina on Armstrong Stadium (2008). And qualfiying last year and making fourth round (beat Ostapenko).” 

Most Painful Moment: “Oh, there’s a lot of those. Losing in my first $25,000 love and love (to) Gabby Paz. That was painful. It was in Texas, in 2008. So I just turned 16. It was a few weeks after I won my first $10,000 and the week before I won my second $10,000. (What happened?) I don’t know, it was really weird. I just wasn’t feeling it, you know?” 

Pre-Match Feeling: “Thinking about…thinking about not thinking about it too much [smiles].” 

Which Match Did You Feel At Your Best: “When I played against Safina (lost 63 64). Yeah. It was like the highlight of my life.” 

Childhood Dream: “Went through doctor, vet, pro soccer player, malpractice lawyer, oncologist. And that’s about it. (How did you end up in tennis?) I don’t know. I don’t really know. Just kinda had to choose between soccer and tennis and I just sorta settled on tennis.” 

Funny Tennis Memory:  “This girl Katie Hoch, she hit a bird and it died. And she started crying. At Nationals.” 

Funniest Player Encountered: “Evan King. He’s just so funny. His humor makes me laugh. A lot.” 

Toughest Competitor Encountered:  “Gail Brodsky’s way intense. Way intense. Yeah.” 

Embarrassing Tennis Memory: “Sliding on Louis Armstrong (stadium) and like just lying there. With tons of people watching on television.”

Strangest Match: “Well I had a match where I was 7-6 0-6 7-6, if that counts as weird [smiles]. (College?) Actually it was a pro match, it was in the finals, in Texas.” 

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Dark chocolate and strawberry together.” 

Favorite Sport Outside Tennis: “Soccer.” 

Three Athletes You Like To Watch And Follow: “Definitely, I count them as one, Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh, especially because Kerry Walsh went to Stanford. I also like Fernando Torres who plays soccer. He’s super fast and a great athlete. And obviously have to go with Michael Phelps. He’s the greatest Olympic athlete of all time.” 

Interesting Fact: Kristie went ten years between Grand Slam main draw appearances – 2008 US Open to 2018 AO.

People Qualities Most Admired: “Funny. Funny is good. Humor. And just genuine.”

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