Li Na beset by confidence issues

Li Na beset by confidence issues
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Li Na says that she suffered a crisis of confidence before her US Open semi-final loss to Serena Williams.

World number six Li Na has said that the occasion got the better of her in the US Open semi-final clash with Serena Williams.

The 31-year-old, who is the first Chinese player to reach the last four at Flushing Meadows, was humbled 6-0 6-2 in 87 minutes on Arthur Ashe.

"It's not about the technique, it's about the problem with myself," Reuters quotes the Chinese player as saying.

"First time in the semis, I was thinking about the situation. Today, it doesn't matter who the opponent is. The problem is myself. Even if today I was playing against [a player with] the ranking of 100, [there would] still [be] the same problem.

"When I walked to the court, I was feeling like the court was so big. My side was feeling like a football court. I cannot focus. In the end, finally I can play tennis."

Williams will play Victoria Azarenka in the final.

Serena Williams in action against Sloane Stephens during their US Open third round match on September 1, 2013
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