Q. What do you think the key was to the win today?
I just had to stay with her, try to control the point a little bit more. I think late in the second set I decided to use my forehand a little bit more and I think that worked well.
Q. Was it more of a point of her aggressiveness dropping away or did you feel you got more aggressive?
Q. During the match you dropped your tossing ball twice. Is that because of the wind?
Q. (Question regarding Justin Bieber.)
Q. You seemed very composed and calm out there. What were you feeling inside? How do you feel now going to the semifinals?
That's what kept me really calm. I felt like, you know, my game kind of got a bit better as the match went on. I feel like in the first set I was close, but I was kind of missing shots just by a little bit, hitting the tape of the net, just a bit out.
I felt like my game was there and I just needed to relax a little bit and play.
Q. Coming back after losing the first set, do you take confidence moving into the semifinals against someone like Li Na that you can come back?
No matter what's going to happen, I'm just going to try my best. Even if I'm down, I always fight.
Q. What is it like to be a tennis player in a country obsessed with ice hockey?
But I think it's growing. I think it's getting better. I'm just trying to do the best I can for myself, for the country as well.
Q. I can imagine you never played ice hockey.
Q. Have you ever met or do you know Carling Bassett?
Q. Never any interactions, seen her, met her, nothing?
Q. Ana said your game is really tough to read because your tennis doesn't have any specific pattern. Is that what you tried to do?
Q. During the injury timeout, how hard was it to stay focused?
I was just really trying to think about what I had to do better. I think that time, it was fine for me just to regroup. I broke right away after, so it was okay.
Q. The Genie Army, are you going to take them everywhere with you?
Q. Is there a pinch me part of this for you?
I'm just happy to have, you know, gone through this step. I'm not done. I have a match on Thursday. I'm just looking forward to that.
Q. Was there any point in the match where you felt you had it in the bag?
I mean, it's really important for me to stay focused, focus on one point at a time. There are crazy ups and downs in matches all the time. You never know. Even if you're up, you can still lose.
I think I handled it well today, being up. I just kept trying to play and kept trying to put pressure.
Q. What are your thoughts on Li Na as your next opponent?
It will be interesting to play her. I know she's very solid, very good from the back. It's going to be hard, but I'm looking forward to it.
Q. What would you say in terms of matches against big players in the past prepared you best for a situation like today?
Now walking out on center court in Australia, I feel like I've been here before. I've been able to perform on big stages as well. It gives me that extra confidence.
Q. Do you know the Genie Army personally?
They've been a really good support team. Looking forward to my next match. They're great. They come up with these songs. I got a wombat today.
Q. Are you going to have a meeting with them?
Q. How would you describe yourself outside and inside the court?
In the point, I really just want to play my game, be aggressive, take it to my opponent, and not just wait around and wait for opportunities.
I think it's a good thing to take my chances when I'm on the court.
Q. You have five animals?
Q. Do you have luggage space?
Q. It's a packed press room. Are you prepared with the kind of attention that comes with making your first semifinal?
It's not really sudden or anything like that. I just want to keep going. If there's more attention, well, that's a good thing.
Q. Do you have your family here with you?
Q. Getting messages from them daily?
Q. Do you know Li Na is 12 years older than you? Do you think because she's more experienced on the court, it's going to be a big issue for you on Thursday?
I think I've been doing well this week handling big moments on the court. So I'm feeling confident and just excited to play.
Q. Have you ever exchanged words with her in the locker room? Do you feel there's going to be some generation gap because she's way older than you?
But I think it makes it really interesting. We've seen in this tournament, there have been some upsets. I think some players can still lose on any given day and it still makes it extremely interesting.