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January 25, 2014
N. LI /D. Cibulkova
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please, for the champion.
Q.¬† Does it get the monkey off your back a little bit?
NA LI:¬† I mean, at least, you know, I make it.¬† Not like last two times, you know, always feeling one more step.
But this time I really, so proud myself.
Q.¬† Were you very nervous at the beginning when you were missing all the forehands?
NA LI:¬† I didn't miss all of the forehand, okay (smiling)?
Of course beginning of the match I think both of us was tight, nervous.¬† Also like I don't think I have very good first serve, as well.
But I really happy.¬† I try to do the best on the court, to try to hang in there to see all what I can do on the court.
But I think after I win the first set, start much better.¬† At least I tried to hit the ball on the court.
Q.¬† How important was the first set?¬† Did you feel like you broke her?
NA LI:¬† No, it's not like a broke her.¬† It's like after if you win a very tight first set, you think, Okay, already one set in the pocket.¬† Like feeling one feet already touching in trophy.
So, yeah, of course if you have one set in pocket, second set you can play more aggressive, attack her.
Q.¬† In the last two finals you did win the first set, but lost in three.¬† Did you ever think about that at all?
NA LI:¬† I think if I thinking maybe it's the same situation coming again, I didn't think about that.¬† This is my fourth time to play final.¬† I got more experience.¬† I have to think about what I should do on the court.¬† I don't have to think about what I do in the past.
Q.¬† What was going through your mind in the middle of the first set when things got a little bit tight?¬† You could see you were getting a bit nervous.¬† What were you thinking?
NA LI:¬† I was feeling I didn't show up.¬† I was nervous, you know.¬† I tried to hang in there till end of the first set or end of the match because I really didn't want to show her or show myself.
You know, this is tennis.¬† If you show something to opponent maybe she will get the chance.¬† So I really tried to stay calm and to hit every point.
Q.¬† Was it hard to keep swinging on your forehand in that first set?
NA LI:¬† No.¬† I mean, at least I can hit a lot of winner, you know, in the second set, so I was pretty happy.
Q.¬† You didn't really celebrate when you won.¬† Was it because you were relieved?¬† What was the feeling?
NA LI:¬† When she serve, it was like 15‑40.¬† I was think, Okay, after win match, what should I do?¬† It's amazing, I already thinking about that.
But after I lose the point, I like, Okay, don't think.¬† Just focus in this point.¬† How you say?¬† After I win the match, I really, really exciting.¬† I think I have drops still coming down, you know.¬† I try to have hug with the team, but is too high.¬† I cannot catch it (laughter).
Q.¬† You are the oldest winner of this tournament.¬† How proud are you of that record?
NA LI:¬† I'm not old (smiling).
Yeah, start of tournament everybody talking about the age.¬† I would like to say age is nothing.¬† Still can win the Grand Slam.¬† So pretty happy about my age.¬† I got more experience on the court.
Q.¬† Our sport had few top stars who are funny.¬† When did you realize that you were funny?¬† Talk about the joy of making jokes. ¬†Does your husband ever say, That's enough?
NA LI:¬† If he said, Enough, I think we will divorce (laughter).¬† You know, I will keep my way.
Yes, he used to do that.¬† Actually, I didn't feeling I was very funny when I was speak.¬† I was feeling this is normal, is the way I have to thank for the team.
But after finish they say, Oh, we love your speech.¬† I say, Okay, maybe I make the funny.
Q.¬† But you like to hear people laugh?
NA LI:¬† You know, why not?¬† Everyone be happy for every day.¬† Of course, I think especially in this tournament I can feeling even more the crowd stay behind me to supporting me.¬† Yeah.
Q.¬† Dominika said you came out and dictated play.¬† Did you feel like your aggressive game plan was effective?
NA LI:¬† Today?
Q.¬† Yes, today.
NA LI:¬† Today in the beginning was little bit tough because more tight.¬† Before come to the court I was tell myself, Don't think about.¬† Just play your game.¬† Don't think about the final.
But the situation, you cannot thinking this is normal match.¬† Final is the final.¬† Beginning was little bit tough.¬† But I think I was start when the tiebreak start.
I was thinking about, Okay, now you have to go, otherwise it's very tough for you.
Q.¬† Compare this win with Roland Garros.¬† You always said that the French Open was maybe too fast, unexpected.¬† This one you've been chasing for three times now.
NA LI:¬† I would like to say I prepare this one really.¬† How you say, I prepare this one for already two weeks.¬† You know, every round, every day I was think about what I should do.
I prepare if I play semis what I should do, if I play final what I should do, because I already have twice in the final up here.
Also in the French I was feeling I just go for it.¬† I didn't think about win or lose.¬† But this one, I really wish I can doing well.¬† And also maybe you guys didn't know how hard I was working for the mentally to make this one.
Q.¬† Not many people win Grand Slams after saving match points in a match.¬† Are you proud of that, as well?
NA LI:¬† Yeah.¬† I think I should send email to Safarova.¬† Sorry about the (indiscernible) and send smile to her as well.
Q.¬† You made a lot of changes in your game.¬† You said it was because you wanted to be a better player, a great player.¬† Is this a great reward for that, that you made the right choices?
NA LI:¬† Until now I would like to say yes.¬† The choice always right, because if I really want to prove myself, I have to change something, otherwise I will stay the same level forever.
Q.¬† You're only 11 points from Azarenka, No. 2 in the rankings.¬† Is that your next goal or do you have others?
NA LI:¬† Yeah, why not?¬† Of course.¬† I will try to improve my ranking, yeah.
Q.¬† You've won two of the four Grand Slam titles.¬† Is it realistic for you to win all four in your career?
NA LI:¬† That would be the best.
Q.¬† Is it a target for you now to win Wimbledon and the U.S.?
NA LI:¬† Of course is very easy to say I want to win another one.¬† But I think if you are tennis athlete, you have to know how much working have to be done for only to win the Grand Slam.
So of course if I want to win another one or two, I have to go back to court hard working and also even more tough than before, otherwise no chance.
Q.¬† You said Max Eisenbud made you very rich.
NA LI:¬† Yes.
Q.¬† How do you think he did it?
NA LI:¬† At least I have over 10 sponsor, especially after French Open.¬† I think it's little bit tough for him as well.¬† China and American have jetlag.¬† China company didn't care about that.¬† They just call him middle of the night, so it's very tough.
But it's very good for him.¬† Try to lose the weight.¬† Sorry about that (laughter).
Q.¬† You had a bit of a tough time after winning the French Open.¬† Do you feel now you're much more ready to deal with this?
NA LI:¬† Yeah, because, you know, first time to win the French Open I really didn't prepare for that.¬† I didn't know what I should do after the win.¬† Also nobody tell me what I should do.
I think now is different because I prepare to win the Grand Slam.¬† Also Carlos, he has a lot of experience because before he was coaching for Justine Henin.¬† How do you say, we will talk about what we should do, of course.
Because this time I was think about if I win or if I lose, what kind of life I have.¬† So for sure it's different than last time.
Q.¬† When you decided to hire Carlos, did you genuinely believe that you would be here, or did it take time to believe it actually?
NA LI:¬† You know, when like last year I say I want to be top 3, nobody believe.¬† Beginning this year I say, I want to win another Grand Slam title.¬† Nobody believe.
More important is I believe, he believe, my team believe.¬† That's all.
Q.¬† You prepared everything very well.¬† Do you prepare also your speeches or do you just go there and they come as they come?
NA LI:¬† I didn't prepare for the speech because I was come there, how you say, because we working a long time I really want to thanks for them.¬† So that's why.
I was thinking maybe I speak too much (smiling).¬† No?¬† That's good.¬† Maybe next time I should speak even more longer.
Q.¬† Carlos was here 10 years ago with the champion Justine.¬† Did he have any special advice for you today?
NA LI:¬† Today?¬† Maybe no.¬† Maybe not.¬† I don't know, because this is my first time to win Australian Open title.
Yeah, I think he also busy, you know, after match.¬† So many journalists was catching him.
Yeah, when I saw him, he will say so proud for me.¬† Of course, he always believe me I can doing well.
Q.¬† You're making money for three or four generations for your family.¬† Where do you put all this money?
NA LI:¬† Secret.
Q.¬† Where do you go from here?¬† Such a high.¬† Do you go back to China, back home for a couple days?
NA LI:¬† You know, this year Chinese New Year's was 31st of January, year of the horse.¬† I go back to my home with my mom, with my family for a couple days.
Of course, have to go back to court for hard training, otherwise I will drop my ranking.¬† Then just continue for the schedule.
Q.¬† Does your mom watch the matches?
NA LI:¬† No.¬† I don't think she can watch.¬† She say if I play, make her nervous, you know.¬† Even now she didn't send me text message, call me.¬† So I will try to call her after press conference.
Q.¬† What are the Chinese characters on your T‑shirt?
NA LI:¬† My heart has no limits.
Q.¬† You talked about making the changes to your game.¬† Do you feel like you can still improve in your game, other changes you can make?
NA LI:¬† Of course.¬† I think I can do.¬† So many people think about, Maybe she will stay the same way forever.¬† But I will change.
I was taste, was pretty good, so I will continue to try the new thing if they can help my game.
Q.¬† If you had to summarize the two weeks in one word or one phrase, what would that be?
NA LI:¬† Tough.¬† No, it is.¬† If you see in end, Oh, she's got the title, but the people didn't see how tough working I have, how tough job I was do.
Also, you know, is very tough like if I play Safarova, 43 degrees, and we play three hours on the court.¬† It's very tough to hang in there and finally win the match.
Q.¬† Your toughest moment in the training, when was that?
NA LI:¬† When first time I have the training with Carlos, I think, Okay, no more next year.¬† Last year I was working with him I was thinking about, Okay, no more next time.¬† If I was hang in there, try to use to.¬† If I saw the result right now, I think I improve a lot myself.
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