Under the Patronage of H.h. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Dubai Duty Free tennis stadium
Dubai Duty Free tennis stadium
February 22, 2017

Qiang Wang – Press Conference

2017 Women's Singles Third Round: Q. WANG/K. Mladenovic 6-1, 6-4
stadium from stands

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You must be very pleased with the way you played there.

QIANG WANG: I just try my best, yeah.


Q. What do you think you did well today?

QIANG WANG: I just focus on my game, yes, and I will try my best bring the practice to the court.


Q. Did you have a game plan to use against her?

QIANG WANG: My coach said play more to her forehand and move her.


Q. Good advice?

QIANG WANG: I think so (smiling).


Q. Coming into this tournament, did you expect to do so well? Have you been doing anything differently, perhaps?

QIANG WANG: You mean off the court? Yes, I go to Dubai Mall before the match, before few days. Yes, I go shopping.


Q. And in terms of training, have you changed anything recently? How do you explain doing so well at a big tournament like this?

QIANG WANG: Because last week I play not so well, so I just have day by day. Now is feeling much better.


Q. Going back to the match, Kristina Mladenovic did a lot of unforced errors. Did you feel that she had not her best day, as well?

QIANG WANG: Yes, I saw her play last night and she play really well against Pliskova.

Yes, today first set she miss so much, and I think she’s a little bit tired of last night. Yes.

But second set I think she played better but still not her best.


Q. The second set you fell a bit back. Did you feel exhausted yourself in the second set when you fell a bit back and was tight?

QIANG WANG: Yes, I just want to stay with her, not fall down.


Q. Can you tell us a bit about your background? Where are you based? Where did you start playing tennis?

QIANG WANG: I start play tennis at nine or so. Because my not healthy, so I just try beyond my house. That’s it.


Q. And where was that?

QIANG WANG: Tianjin.


Q. Do you still live there?

QIANG WANG: Yes. That’s my hometown.


Q. Why do you think a lot of Chinese players are doing so well? You have Peng Shuai and youngsters coming through. Why?

QIANG WANG: I think in China for tennis is still young, because we don’t have so many years of tennis.

We building now, I think. And then after few years, I think we gonna be better.


Q. How do you think Pete contributes to this, your coach?

QIANG WANG: Oh, my coach? I think he has fine with me.


Q. Your English is quite good. Where did you learn how to speak it?

QIANG WANG: Really? I don’t have so much confidence of my English. Because my coach speak English, so we talk a lot.


Q. The end of the match, it was hard for you to finish the match. Were you getting nervous that she would take it to the third set?

QIANG WANG: Yes, I really nervous after the end, and I just keep going, try to do myself, not focus on point. Yeah.


Q. Did you have any particular tennis idols or inspirations growing up?

QIANG WANG: Now Radwanska is my idol. Yes, I really like she play tennis.


Q. Did you speak with her before?

QIANG WANG: No, but we have play few times. Yeah.

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