“I have just lost all confidence,” Li told reporters after the match. She is being coached by her husband and she still believes in him.”On the court, I don’t know what I can do. It was tough even winning one point. I asked my coach (husband Jiang Shan) to advise me. I know what he said was exactly right, but I couldn’t do it.”
For Niculescu, this was a highlight of her career up till now and she must have upset millions of chinese people watching the match. “I’m a little bit surprised that I beat her, but I really thought that I played good. You play a match and somebody has to win and somebody has to lose,” Niculescu said after the match.
Other chinese player Shuai Zhang, granted a wildcard, got beaten by Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.
In the other matches US Open champion Samantha Stosur eliminated Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-0 and the former no.1 Serbian Ana Ivanovic stunned Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm by defeating her 6-1,6-1.