Sunday, January 22, 2012

Li Na breaks down in the press conference

The defending French Open grand slam champion Li Na of China faced a lot of criticism coming into the Australian Open grand slam tournament 2012. The reason - Li Na couldn't continue her wonderful form of winning the French Open grand slam last year. She had a horrible season in the late 2011 where she lost many first round matches.

But, her fourth round defeat to Kim Clijsters of Belgium after having squandered four match points in the second set put Li Na under much more public scrutiny and the Chinese fans wouldn't be liking it alot.

Li Na congratulates Kim Clijsters after the later beat Li Na in the fourth round of Australian Open Grand Slam tournament 2012

Down four match points and hobbling on her injured left ankle, defending Aus Open champion Kim Clijsters somehow rallied for an amazing 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 win over Li Na at the Australian Open in the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. 

Chinese tennis star Na Li looks puzzled after losing out on four match points against Clijsters

Li Na cries during her post match press conference when being questioned in Mandarin as to why she couldn't convert her chances to win

Of course I was nervous,” Na Li said. “If you’re nervous, you could not think too much, right?

Li broke down in tears at the end of her post-match news conference.

Maybe 6-2 up in the tiebreak I was a little bit shocking,” Na Li told reporters in her broken English.

 But to be fair, we've to give her sometime to gather herself as she carries the hope of more than 1.3 billion people in China. Thats a lot of pressure on her... and she is someone who can come back strong.. Hope to see a stronger version of Li Na for the rest of this season. All the best Li Na.. u'll have the backing u need when it matters..

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