Li Na tennis news. Li Na represents a rare breed in the world of tennis. She is the only person from Asia to have won a Grand Slam singles title. She won the French Open title in 2011. It is quite a conundrum to understand why Asian players, who are the world’s best in badminton, struggle in tennis. So far, Li Na is the only player to have consistently featured in the top five of the women’s rankings. Here is a compilation of Li Na tennis news and other information.
Rise of Li Na
Li Na was born in the Chinese province of Hubei in 1982. She first made her appearance in the tennis world in 1999 at the age of 17. She failed to make much of an impact and disappeared from the scene altogether a couple of years later.
She returned to the tennis world in 2004. Her career took a sharp turn when she married Jiang Shan, who also became her coach. Her performances gradually began to improve.
At the age of 29, when most female tennis players contemplate retirement, she won the French Open by causing a series of upsets throughout the tournament.
Her ATP ranking rose to number 4 after the French Open crown. However, she failed to consolidate her ranking from then on.
Last year she removed her husband from her coaching role and hired Dane Michael Mortensen, who coached Justine Henin previously.
The move seems to be working as she reached the finals of this year’s Australian Open. She jokingly remarked that the new coach saved both her career and her marriage.
According to the latest Li Na Tennis News, her net worth is estimated to be $15 million.