''I think five centimeters saved my tournament,'' she said, indicating with her fingers how close Safarova's shot at break point in the second set had been to sending her home. ''If she hit in, I think, the whole team is on the way to the airport.''
Li's coach, Carlos Rodriguez, was so frustrated at one point, he pointed to his head and mouthed to her emphatically, ''Think!'' She said the admonition was intended to help her focus better at critical times.
''You know, women's tennis sometimes is crazy, the tour, because I (am) sometimes thinking too much,'' she said, laughing about it later. ''So I was like, OK, just focus here to see what happens.''