MELBOURNE, Australia — Li Na may have put in a champion’s effort to win her second Slam title after defeating Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 6-0 in the Australian Open final, but she saved her best performance for after the match. Li, already a crowd favorite for her famous post-match interviews, hit it out of the park in her victory speech.
Thanking her team, she pointed her guns first at her agent, Max Eisenbud, who also counts Maria Sharapova, Laura Robson, and Madison Keys as his clients.
“Max. Agent. Make me rich. Thanks a lot.”
She then unleashed her best bit on her husband Dennis, who has been with her through it all, smiling broadly even when she’s busy making him the butt of her jokes.
“My husband, even famous in China,” Li said. “Thanks for him [to] give up everything, just traveling with me to be my hitting partner, fix the drinks and fix the rackets. So thanks a lot. You’re a nice guy. And also you are so lucky to find me.”
Watch the whole speech here:
All her post-match comedy work led up to that moment. ”Actually, I didn’t [feel] I was very funny when I was speak,” Li said after the match. “I was feeling this is normal, is the way I have to thank for the team. But after [I] finish they say, Oh, we love your speech. I say, Okay, maybe I make the funny.”
Here’s a look back at her breakout interview moment, which took place in 2011 after she won the semifinals: