US Open Quarterfinalist Wang Qiang recently revealed that she has been having troubles with waist injury during her amazing run in New York. The injury forced China's No 1 to withdraw from this week's Zhengzhou Open, but she attended the Tournament’s promotional event.
"The waist injury is just like a time bomb, and I don't know when it will explode," said Wang. "Maybe the first minute I'm playing fine and the next minute the injury could come back”. She further added, "After Wimbledon, the injury was bothering me and I rested for weeks.
I was not 100 percent ready for the US Open and the goal was to gradually find my pace. I never thought I could have such a great performance." Following a straight sets victory over one of the tournament favourites – Ashleigh Barty in the Fourth Round, she bowed out to Serena Williams in the very next round.
Withdrawing and resting for the time being and not playing the Asian Tour now is the only way of recovery for her. "Because of the injury, I don't have a clear goal for the second half of this season, and my priority is to rediscover my pace," said the 27-year-old.
"I wish I could repeat the momentum that I had during the second half of last year." Speaking about losing her coach - Peter McNamara, she said, "He worried that I would know about his condition and I would worry about him," Wang said.
"I knew he had been sick and I could see it, but I did not know his exact condition. We kept in touch during that time. Every time when I asked about his health, he would say, 'I'm fine'" Presently working with Thomas Drouet, and the results have been promising.
“My new coach has helped me to be more confident. No matter if I play well or not, he'll be there to encourage me. He will be with me through the whole Asian swing this year," she said.