China’s Na Li has left an everlasting legacy to Chinese tennis and Wang Qiang seems to be the one looking to further carry it. Qiang, who sits at the doorsteps of a Top-10 place at No.12 on the WTA Charts recently said that she feels she is getting there amongst the world’s best.
"I think I'm getting close to the world's elite players. The biggest thing that changed was confidence. I think now I believe in myself. I know I can do it," she said. Touted as the next Na Li, Qiang wants to become a Grand Slam champion but is not taking putting pressure of expectations on herself.
"Li is our role model and we all want to be like her. The Chinese tennis has changed a lot since she won the French Open. We all think that if she can do it, maybe we can do it," she said. "My goal is winning a Grand Slam, but I don't feel any pressure.
I just want to do my best and focus on being myself. I don't want to have regrets in my career," she added. Speaking about the future for Chinese tennis, she said, "I think that Chinese tennis has already come into the spotlight on the world stage.
We have many Top 100, Top 50 players who can compete at a higher level. It also inspired more kids to take up the sport in China”.