In an interview with Reuters, the former world no. 1 Li Na gave her thoughts on the Wimbledon men's final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. The former Chinese player, who will be inducted in the Hall of Fame later this week, shared what she was thinking when Federer was leading 8-7 40-15 in the fifth set.
“I thought, ‘OK, it’s over.’ After watching the match I couldn’t go to sleep. It was like three o’clock in the morning. It was so exciting", said Li. On WTA Finals being played in Shenzhen from this year until 2028, she added: “(Having the event in China is) not only good for the fans, it’s also good for the athletes, especially the young athletes.
Face-to-face they can see the top players. It’s not only on the court but also off the court, the professional tennis life (that is important). I think the women’s side is much easier because after I won the Grand Slam, young girls think they can do the same.
For the men’s, it’s a little bit tough”. Li also recalled her Australian Open final loss to Kim Clijsters: “I was close to taking the trophy. Even though I didn’t win the match, it still gave me a lot of confidence”. Asked if Serena Williams was her toughest opponent, Li agreed: “Only once I beat Serena. Right answer”.