“That was one of my favorite matches I’ve ever played. I won, so that helped,” she said. “Of all the Grand Slam finals I’ve played, that was the one with the highest standard.”
Li won the next Grand Slam she entered, lifting the French Open trophy to become the first Asian player to win a major singles title.
“Although she lost, I think it helped her to win the French Open,” Clijsters said.
“After that match I was feeling I really can win the Grand Slam,” she said.
“I think we play the same way, like play against a mirror,” she said.
The 26-year-old Serb, through to the fourth round in Melbourne for the first time since 2009, is relieved she doesn’t have to justify herself.
“I’m not in that situation right now, so I don’t have to deal with any of that,” said Jankovic, who reached the No. 1 ranking in August 2008 and held it for 18 weeks. “It’s kind of nice to be a little bit away from that and just really focus on my tennis, on my game, and don’t really have to answer those questions every day from you guys.”