You Xiaodi is one of the several Chinese player competing in this week's Zhengzhou tournament. Speaking of her inspirations, Xiaodi said: "My idol is Rafa Nadal, he just won the US Open title. In the morning I watched a little bit of the final games.
It was a very tough game. Fortunately he held his serve in the final set and won the title. I learned a lot from him and what impressed me a lot is his resolution and determination for the game, which inspired me the most."
On how it feels to reach the Zhengzhou main draw, Xiaodi replied: "I was very solid and I think I also played consistently. In the first round of qualifying games that was a tough game. Other than that I played very consistently and played well.
I'm very happy that I could make it to the games and that it will be my first Premier match. It was not easy for me to win through three rounds into the main draw, so I'm very happy with my performance." On her next match against Jelena Ostapenko, Xiaodi said: "I think she is an aggressive player and very comprehensive performer on the court and I will try my best to win."
Now she will be a top 250 ranked player. "Actually, I have no idea about my ranking because I have to pay more attention to the games. The rest of this season I will try to win as much as I can to win points and improve my ranking", concluded Xiaodi, who also said she enjoys playing in front of her home crowd.