China's Saisai Zheng hopes that her country's qualification for the play-offs will help life the spirits of the people back home as the nation continues to battle the outbreak of the coronavirus. China finished on top of the Fed Cup Asia/ Oceania Group I in Dubai winning all five of their encounters and will now meet the Netherlands in the playoffs.
Speaking to the Gulf News, the 34th ranked Zheng says, “I see the news and it is pretty sad to see what has been happening on a daily basis. But, I am sure that right now everybody is sticking together and fighting together to get rid of this virus.
This week was special to each one of us as we wanted to play for our country and give our country hope and something to cheer about. This makes this win even more special as we wanted to tell the entire China that we are here flying the country’s flag in the midst of all the negative news that’s happening."
Zheng says that playing for the country is a different feeling and that the girls in the team function as a good unit. “We are pretty solid right now and we are just going to keep everything together and fight for every point as we go along.
This win here is truly well-deserved for all of us especially when we see that it’s come against the toughest situation we have faced as a country. And now that we have qualified to play against the Netherlands, we need to have a look at them and see how best we can go about targeting a win next month.
But for the moment, we are just trying to have everyone together and fight together as a single unit with common ideals and goals. I am sure we head out for the play-offs with our best team. All of us feel the power. There are more people around you and we feel like a team in the real sense of it.
We have all the coaches too and everyone is ready and eager to help out wherever possible. In a team competition, one can feel the excitement of having one’s teammates around, and then of course, there is the pressure as one is challenged to do well for one’s country." The other team to qualify from the group was India, who finished second and will meet Latvia in the play-offs.