Australian Open Interview: Li Na 28.01.11

Q. You just finished a practice. How are you feeling? NA LI: Feeling? Feeling good. More quiet in here because many players left already. You know, first time to be the final, of course exciting.

But I didn’t have the experience be in final, so I don’t know.

Q. Is it a lot of fun? Are you enjoying the moment or getting very nervous?

NA LI: I enjoy it, yeah.

Q. You are the first east Asian player in the final of a Grand Slam. I am Japanese. But as an east Asian, I am very proud and happy for you. Could you talk about what kind of impact you are going to make in east Asian countries, and talk a little bit about what kind of impact you get from Japanese players such as Kimiko Date or Ai Sugiyama?

NA LI: Of course, I excited I can be in final of the Grand Slam. And also I still believe in Asia they still have a lot of good player. Like I was young I watched Kimiko play. Yeah, now I have the chance to play against her like same tournament.

Also, yeah, I mean, all the Japanese player was fighting a lot on the court. This is what we saw in all the world, so…

Yeah, yesterday I just win the match, went back to the locker room. I turn on my phone. A lot of messages coming. I think the match they show same time in China, so many friend to watch. They just say, Congratulations, something.

Yeah, my best friend just called me. She’s cry on the phone, you know. I was like, Okay, take it easy. What you want to say? Just calm down. She was like (simulating crying). I didn’t know what to say.

I was feeling maybe amazing day for the friend, for my family, for me.

Q. How many messages?

NA LI: 44.

Read the full interview here.

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