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Video: Li Na's fantastic champion's speech

Monday, January 27, 2014 /by
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The exceedingly winsome Li Na certainly made even more friends after her 7-6, 6-0 victory over Dominika Cibulkova in the Australian Open final.

She began her champion's address with a nod to her agent, Max Eisenbud, who she shares (in so many words) with Maria Sharapova: "Max, agent, make me rich, thanks a lot." 

She continued, thanking coach Carlos Rodriguez, her physiotherapist, and then her husband, Shan "Dennis" Jiang: "Thanks for him [for giving] up everything just traveling with me to be my hitting partner. Fix the drinks, fix the racquet. So he do a lot of jobs. So thanks a lot, you are a nice guy." The crowd erupted with laughter and applause, and Li waited that out like the seasoned pro she is at this point, sizing up the last shot, delivering her final verbal volley: "And, also, you are so lucky, [to] find me.” 

Later, as Steve Tignor reported, Li added this in a room full of media members and cameras: "I was thinking maybe I speak too much. No? That’s good. Maybe next time I should speak even longer.”

In more ways than one, Li Na, please keep it coming.

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