Li Na

(Na Li)

Li Na
Li Na
  • Born: February 26, 1982
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Profession: Athlete









Na Li is a retired Chinese professional tennis player, who achieved a career-high WTA-ranking of world No. 2 on 17 February 2014. Over the course of her career, Li won nine WTA singles titles including two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open. Li's rise to prominence came after those victories, which made her the first Grand Slam singles champion from Asia. Prior to this, she was the first player representing an Asian country to appear in a Grand Slam singles final, a milestone she achieved at the 2011 Australian Open. Li was also the runner-up at the 2013 Australian Open and 2013 WTA Tour Championships, a three-time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and a semifinalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2013 US Open. Among her other most notable accolades, she was the first Chinese player to win a WTA tour title at the Guangzhou International Women's Open in 2004, the first to reach a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, and the first to break into the world's top 10. Her feats have sparked a major population growth of tennis players in East Asia, earning her the reputation as the region's tennis pioneer and trailblazer.

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China tennis - we're getting bigger and bigger.
I always had a powerful serve. It's one of the best in women's tennis. It's very good to have a weapon like that. Women
I do what I want.
I don't know how many years I can still play. I have to listen to my body and see how it feels.
I don't need to worry about being idolised.
I feel like my whole life only tennis. Life
I felt sad because everyday I had to wake up early to practice before going to school. After school I had to go back to tennis again, and then after tennis I had homework. I didn't have time to play. Time
I just feel exciting.
I just follow my heart.
I just keep fighting and try to be the last one standing.
I look forward to competing.
I love New York City. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I need some time to recover. I'm not a machine. Time
I never thought I could win the French Open.
I really do not think about 'Oh, right now I have to defend those points and this title.' I just really want to enjoy playing on the court, in front of the fans.
I think because I was the first Chinese player to win a grand slam, people were thinking: 'She's not like normal people.'
I think players changing coaches is normal.
I would like to say now I was very enjoy the life right now. Life
I would prefer to have no money but to have a nice family and good friends around. Families, Children & Parenting ;Money, Coins & Minting
If I didn't do well at Wimbledon maybe Chinese people will forget about me.
If I have children, after school they'll always feel happy energy in the home.
I'm married. Who cares about me?
I'm still happy, I like this life. Life
In badminton, they use a lot from the wrist. But I use a lot from the shoulder.
It was a big decision to leave the system because many people said I would fail.
It's always tough when you're fighting with your husband on the court.
I've played in a lot of big matches and you learn from them.
Just because you win the French Open it doesn't mean you can do well at Wimbledon.
Of course you're nervous going into a final.
Of course, after I retire I want to be the housewife, really.
People in China say: 'If you love your children, send them to New York. If you hate your children, also send them to New York.' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
People know what I'm doing.
Tennis is best of three sets, so even if I lose the first set, I still have a chance.
The first time I showed the tattoo, it was big news in the newspaper: 'She has a tattoo with a snake.' It's not a snake. Time
The weather for me is nothing special. The weather couldn't kill me.
The woman's tour is very tough for all of the players.
When I got into the sport I was so fat that my manager said he should send me to boot camp to lose the weight! Sports & Athletics
When you do one thing, people think it's right or wrong. Maybe half-half.