I was moved by Maria Sharapova's gesture, says Wang

In a press conference at the Shenzhen Open, Xinyu Wang explained the reasons that led her to retire against Maria Sharapova on Wednesday

by Luigi Gatto
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I was moved by Maria Sharapova's gesture, says Wang

In a press conference at the Shenzhen Open, Xinyu Wang explained the reasons that led her to retire against Maria Sharapova on Wednesday. The Russian player sat next to Wang in order to encourage her in such a tough moment.

'It's just a cramp', said Wang. 'I’ve talked with the doctors and we all agreed that perhaps I’ve exerted too much strength today and my nerves got it the way.' On how it felt to face such a legend like Sharapova, Wang added: 'I’ve gained a lot, especially self-recognition from the match.

I’ve shown that I can compete with big players and at the same time, I saw my weaknesses and I have so much more room to improve on. I’ve also realised that I need to pay more attention on my form. I was in pain when she came over.

She looked at me in the eyes and said that I was playing unbelievable and I will be a good player. I was very moved by the gesture because she’s my role model.' Wang concluded: 'I am so fortunate to receive a wildcard and start my season here in Shenzhen.

I am also so honoured to have the opportunity to play with someone like Sharapova. Its a big encouragement for me and I am more confident in tackling this season.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title

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