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Kimiko's Blog: Props To Li Na

Last week Li Na reached No.3 in the world, surpassing Kimiko Date-Krumm's all-time record for highest-ranked Asian player in tennis history. How does the Japanese icon feel about it? Read on...

Published November 06, 2013 12:02

Kimiko Date-Krumm

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Well, I couldn't win today. It's always tough playing against a qualifier - they have already played two or three times, they have already played on the surface and played with these balls too. So it took me a little bit of time to adjust to all these things, but when I did find my rhythm, it was going well for me.

I had my chances in the third set, but I think I wasn't focused enough - and she played very well too!

Yesterday I talked a lot about food, and I ended up having the same dinner again - Xiao Long Bao, the dumplings! I usually eat pretty healthy - when I'm travelling I like to eat a lot of the local healthy food, and when I'm in Japan too, but sometimes the tour can be really tough so you need to try some different food sometimes too (which means sometimes unhealthy!) Mostly I just follow my feeling.

One more thing I want to talk about is Li Na reaching No.3 in the world last week, and breaking my record for highest-ranked Asian player in tennis history. For Asian players it's really good. When I was young there weren't so many Asian players in the world, and people never thought we could be No.1 or get a Grand Slam title - she already has a Grand Slam title, and many many years she's been in the Top 10 and Top 5. And now she's No.3. It's a big success and I really want to congratulate her!

For a lot people in Asia it's a big dream come true, and now they can have big dreams too.

I hope you all enjoyed the blog this week and I will talk to you all again soon - next year I hope!

Thank you for reading,

Kimiko

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