China's top female players – Wang Qiang and Zhang Shuai shared their thoughts after a very impressive Australian Open campaign where both the players took out two former major winners in Melbourne. Wang credited her off-season training for her amazing run at the Australian Open that saw her take out Serena Williams.
"I always believed I could do this one day. I just didn't know when exactly," said Wang. "I am really happy to see it happen. I did really hard work in the offseason, so it has paid off. After a tough program in the gym, I think I have gained more power than last year."
Wang also has her eyes set on the 2020 Olympics. "Everybody is paying a lot of attention to the Olympics and obviously won't give up on the rest of the majors," she said. "Hopefully I can carry this momentum with me to prepare myself for the Olympics as the season unfolds."
Wang’s coach - Thomas Drouet felt that Wang’s win over Williams will be a gamechanger in her development. “What I told her is, welcome to the world of the champion. What she can do, she proved to herself," he said.
"I wanted her to be more aggressive and now she's more used to it, to take risks. Before she was quite defensive, waiting for the other player to miss. And as her goal is to win a Grand Slam, it's not possible to win a Grand Slam just waiting that the other one misses."
Zhang, who defeated Sloane Stephens spoke about her run at the Australian Open. "I've fought against setbacks in my career with a never-say-die spirit for so long and I believe this is my biggest weapon going forward to reach new heights," said Zhang.
She further dug deep into her thoughts, saying, "The poise and confidence that I have facing much higher-ranked opponents nowadays are the biggest differences for me to perform better on the big stage”.