After advancing to the Australian Open finals and becoming the first Chinese French Open champion, Li Na was very disappointed with her results in the first round of the US Open, in which she fell out for the second time in a row.
The United States' hard courts have been a struggle for her, and she was not afraid to let it all out.
Today, the sixth seed lost to Romanian Simona Halep 6-2, 7-5 with a myriad of 54 unforced errors. She went through a swing of emotions during her press conference, which is expected in a loss of that kind.
She told the press, "I think it's terrible feeling. I mean, two years in a row, first round here, first round Indian Wells, Miami. I mean, normally I like hard court a lot. But I think these two years I just doing s***."
Her best result at the American Grand Slam was back in 2009 when she made it to the finals.
Her opponent, Halep, was happy after the win, considered it her best yet and smiled at the inflammatory word that Li used to describe the way she played today. She admitted, "Yeah, maybe she played like s***, but it's okay."
Li did give her opponent credit, however, saying, "I really want to do well, but opponent just killing me, so, yeah."
The world No. 6 thinks that her confidence has wavered since her Roland Garros win despite her team telling her that she is playing well. She believes she needs to work on this quality that people have said is the key to Novak Djokovic's success in 2011.
"I mean, for me I really want to do well after Roland Garros. But, you know, I mean, it's not easy to do. Always easy to say, I want to do, I would like to do, but always lose early. Now I even lose all the confidence on the court."
She said after her success this season that she surprisingly has not felt any pressure by that stigma but that more players are more excited to beat her.
"I didn't feel any pressure even when I was playing. I was thinking right now I need to harder working even more than before. Because now, I mean, even after win the Grand Slam, everyone just like how you say exciting against you. Because after they beat you, they think, Oh, I beat Grand Slam champion. So, you know, it's not easy to play every match, no. "
Li will move on to the tournaments closer to her homeland after the Open.
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