Li Na Tennis Superstar

Asians in general sat up to take notice when from the vastness of China arose a tennis great…

Never mind it was a she, and at an advanced chronological ripe old age of almost touching 30…

 

Li Na from China was one well travelled tennis star, her world accolades coming in very late…

When many a famous players were thinking of retiring in fatigue, she upped her game to the level elite..

 

First and only Asian to win a Grand Slam Singles title, she was a ripe old 29 when it happened…

Many more illustrious tennis professionals have long gone to pasture before reaching 29 or after…

 

But not Li Na the most famous professional tennis player from China, the most illustrious too..

2011 French Open Champion at age 29 followed in 2 years later , 2014 Australian Open at age 32…

 

Now , if one were to check up on China’s most famous tennis daughter, Wikipedia has it all …

It chronicles in fascinating details the checkered career of this badminton reject since she was small…

 

An astute coach suggested she had best switch from the ever popular racket game called badminton…

In that big nation of badminton crazies all over, it must have hurt to be ejected from badminton…

 

But her excellence in tennis was astonishing to say the least, by 1997 she was in the national team…

Incredibly, she was then only a teenage at fifteen when China drafted her into her National team…

 

Two years later, in 1999 following a 10 months stint sponsored by Nike, Li Na turned professional…

Her rocky path to be a successful professional was camouflaged by her many ITF numerous titles…

 

However, she quit the National team in 2002, going on to complete a Bachelor of Journalism in 2009..

This was another cap in her journey to tennis success, an academic complement to her tennis prowess…

 

After a 2 years hiatus from competitive tennis, she fired up all Chinese tennis imaginations in 2004…

Beginning in May 2004, she served up impressive winning streaks, culminating in September 2004..

 

That was when she won the title in Guangzhou, the first Chinese player to win a WTA Tour event…

By October in that comeback year, she broke into the WTA Top 100 player for the first time ever…  

 

Her comeback successes were spectacular, winning 51 singles matches against a meagre 4 losses…

Topping off her spectacular comeback, Li Na finished 2004 being ranked 80th at the year close….

 

Year 2005 witnessed Li Na’s emergence as a WTA professional, as she left the ITF circuit completely…

Her shift to WTA tour events was to bring her untold future glories and cement her popularity…

 

For further readings of Li Na, the most famous Chinese phenomenon in woman professional tennis …

Do a Google search and be amazed at the massive info about China’s most famous daughter in tennis..

By,

Jimmy Chin, K, Sabah.

  

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