Tennis career of Li Na
In 2004 Li was the first Chinese to a WTA tournament win in singles. She won as the player qualifying tournament in Canton. In both2005 and 2006 Li reached the final of the WTA tournament in Estoril. She could this tournament, no time to write her name after defeats against respectively Lucie Safarova and her compatriot Zheng Jie. In 2006 she reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where she lost against the Belgian Kim Clijsters. She became the first Chinese to the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament reached.
Li was in 2007 long injured and returned only in the early 2008 return. She won on her return her second straight WTA title in singles in Gold Coast. In August 2008 Li defeated in the quarterfinals at the Olympics in Beijing, the American Venus Williams, the eighth of the world at that time, in straight sets 7-5, 7-5 and to the delight of the Chinese home crowd. Later in the tournament she could not repeat this stunt. She lost in the semifinals in straight sets by Dinara Safina. In 2009 she lost the final of the WTA tournament in Monterrey against Marion Bartoli in straight sets. Later that year she lost in the final of the WTA tournament in Birmingham against Magdalena Rybarikova. At the U.S. Open in 2009 reached Li for the second time in her career the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament. She lost here in two sets against Kim Clijsters, who later would win the tournament.
In 2010 after reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open, after which Li lost two tie-break against the later winner Serena Williams, she became the first Chinese tennis player to the top ten of the women managed to achieve. Later that year, Li won the title in only her third career. She beat in the final of the tournament in Birmingham, the former world number one, Maria Sharapova , in straight sets. Li reached the second time in her career quarterfinal at the Wimbledon. In the fourth round she defeated the higher ranked Agnieszka Radwanska, but in the quarterfinals was the first main series and the later winner Serena Williams in straight sets too strong. After she reached the third round of the tournament in Montreal , Li climbed to ninth place in the world, its highest position to date. At the U.S. Open was Li placed eighth series head and had to defend a quarterfinal place. She was the tournament already after the first round exit after defeat in three sets against Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko . This Li ended up back outside the top ten of the WTA rankings. In her homeland Li reached the semifinals of the highly regarded tournament in Beijing . She lost in two sets of Vera Zvonareva . Li finished the season just outside the top ten of the world, in eleventh position.
The season 2011 started well for Li, with a victory at the WTA tournament in Sydney, in the final Kim Clijsters defeating. Also at theAustralian Open was the raft. She beat in the semi-finals Caroline Wozniacki, the number one in the world. She won this match in three sets after a match point in the second set to have eliminated. Thus she became the first Chinese ever in the finals of a Grand Slam tournament. The second final in a row for Li in 2011, and the second against Kim Clijsters. This time she does the final victory to Clijsters. They lost the final in three sets. This increased performance by Li to seventh place in the world, her best ranking so far. The Grand Slam of Roland Garros was another hit. They won the final of Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6. She became the first Chinese to win a grand slam. At Wimbledon she could not again reach this level in the second round in three sets them off by German Sabine Lisicki.
Profile and Biodata of Li Na
Full Name: Li Na
Place of birth: Wuhan , China
Location: Wuhan , China
Date of birth: 26 February 1982
Length; 1.72 m
Weight: 65 kg
Prof Debut: 1999
Stroke Hand: right (double-handed backhand)
Career Total prize money: $ 6,526,182
Coach: Michael Mortensen
Career record: 386 to 145
Titles: 5 WTA / ITF 19
Current ranking: No. 7 (October 10, 2011)
Highest ranking: N0. 4 ( 6 June 2011 )
Olympics: Semi-final (2008)
Grand Slam Results
Australian Open: Finale (2011)
Roland Garros: Winner (2011)
Wimbledon: Quarterfinals (2006, 2010)
U.S. Open: Quarterfinals (2009)
Career record: 120-49
Titles: 2 WTA / ITF 16
Highest position: 54th ( 28 August 2006 )
Olympics: First round (2000)
Grand Slam Results
Australian Open: Second round (2006, 2007)
Roland Garros: Second round (2006, 2007)
Wimbledon: Second round (2006)
U.S. Open: Third round (2005)
the profile and statistics brought about by suramya behera says it all LI NA is the best Asian tennis player we have today.To say that the Chinese have left their mark on every game is not an exaggeration .Games like tennis are getting younger every day players attain their peak when in teens itself and for LiNa to do all this at the age of 29 is an admirable achievement.Remember this is a game dominated by the Americans ,RUSSIAN COUNTRIES AND THE EUROPEANS, what LI-Na has done makes us all ASIAN proud Why can't we produce many player's in the caliber of SANIA AND LI-NA?WE CAN IF OUR PLAYERS LOOK TO THEM FOR INSPIRATION.