TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 27th of May 2014. K. Mladenovic d. Li Na 7-5, 3-6, 6-1. An interview with Li Na
Q. Obviously it’s a tough loss here in the first round. What did you talk about with Carlos before the match? Obviously I think you had a game plan. Why was it so difficult for you to execute that game plan today?
LI NA: Nobody say if you No. 2 in the world you have to win all the matches. I mean, this is tennis. I mean, everyone come to the court, everyone has a chance to win the match.
I think doesn’t matter who plays today against me, I always lose the match today, because I don’t think she was put a lot of pressure from me.
I think today just I gave it away for the match.
Q. You obviously had many unforced errors today during this match. When it’s going like this it’s a bad day at the office, as we say. What do you feel you can try to change with these things? What did you try today to maybe find back your timing?
LI NA: I don’t think I’m doing well. If I doing well, I believe I still can win the match if it’s not my best day.
But I don’t think today I try a lot. I think this is probably know I just state I’m doing wrong thing until end of the match.
Q. Can you maybe talk a little bit of tension maybe? Because it’s the first round. You’re a favorite. Did it play in your part?
LI NA: No, I mean, this is the match. I really don’t want to find another reason to say because of that I lose the match.
Lose is lose.
Q. And about her game? Was there anything annoy you more than…
LI NA: Like I said before, doesn’t matter who plays today against me. I already lose the match already.
Q. Is it just a bad day?
LI NA: I don’t think it is only the bad day. I think probably is about myself.
Of course the easy thing I can say is bad day for me, but it’s not. I’m 100% sure.
The problem is myself. I don’t think I’m doing well on the court. And also, even during the match, I don’t think totally what I should do, like especially I didn’t follow the game plan, and even I was standing up the court, in my mind I didn’t have any idea how to play the match.
Q. Sometimes, you know, coaches try to help the players, and they say pressure is a privilege. Is that the way you feel or on the contrary? Even though you’ve been on the tour for a long time, do you still feel it’s tough for you sometimes to handle the pressure and maybe some things you still have to learn about maybe?
LI NA: I think everyone feel the pressure. I mean, the pressure is there. How you say, you cannot pass away. Because it’s in there.
But I think I handle the pressure pretty well (smiling). You know, I can always hang in there, of course. I sometimes was up, down, up, down.
Q. You said it’s about me. What is wrong with you then?
LI NA: (Smiling.) Wrong today. Honestly, even in warming up I was feeling pretty good. Even come to the court, I was feeling also pretty good.
But I don’t know what happen, maybe I’m not organized maybe I’m not prepared for myself to be the focus in this match.