Many women tennis stars decide to go the domestic way eventually.
That is the case with Li Na as well. She once held the second position in the world of tennis. She was a Grand Slam champion two times. She is considered to be a pioneering one woman star as well. However, about a year back, she decided to step back from her tennis career and start off down the family line. As a result the last match that she played was in 2014. That was the championships at Wimbledon. She then returned to Wuhan, her hometown. Here she played in the first edition of the home tournament, Wuhan Open
. Once that was over she decided to give it all up.
She is considered a Chinese tennis star in many ways. Though she might not have reached the top rankings of WTA, she pioneered many successes in her field. The Australian Open in 2011 saw her upset the reigning number one player, Caroline Wozniacki. She was then one of the firsts to reach the Grand Slam finals in the singles category and of Asian origin. Read more »
Li Na has backed Flavia Pennetta’s decision to bid adieu to Tennis straight after clinching the crown at Flushing Meadows. In the views of the Chinese veteran, an athlete should always make the exit while being at the peak.
Li herself also retired at a time when nobody was expecting her to do so.
The 33 year-old reckons it’s not easy to continue being a professional player when you get into your thirties. You have to stay away from your family and it takes toll on you eventually.
Speaking to a website, Li, who is now a mommy to a beautiful little girl, said, “Tennis is something which holds huge importance in the lives of us players, but, it can’t be your whole life. You have an actual life beyond it, you have your family and friends and at a certain stage, you feel as if it’s getting a little difficult to keep on touring and then, you move on.”
“I can hundred percent understand what must have been going through Flavia’s mind. We two are almost of same ages. I even had a chat with her recently in Singapore and she did not look regretful at all at the decision that she made.” Read more »
The Li Na fans would now be able to watch her story on the big screen as one of the leading production companies in Asia has decided to make a film on the inspiring career of the two-time Grand Slam Champion.
Li is not the most successful tennis player of all time, but, she is a legend because of the background she came from.
She started her journey from a country where the game of tennis was not that popular. But, she did not panic. She believed in herself that she could go on to great heights and make a difference to the coming generations.
And, of course, she met the right people in her life too. Her journey might not have been as smooth and incredible as it turned out to be without her husband who also coached her.
People close to Li say that the amount of temper that she had, it would have been very hard for any other guy to tolerate her, but, her husband took all her emotions in his stride with a smile on his face.
Li herself has also praised her husband publically a number of times suggesting that he has been a great impact on her career.
The production company that will be pursuing the project has not yet announced the names of the actor and the actress who will be performing the roles of Li and her husband in the movie. Read more »
Li Na says it has been an immensely tough thing for her to get completely separated from tennis after being attached to it for two decades.
The previous season was Li Na’s last one on the Professional tour as she retired in the middle of it.
She was actually not old enough to call it a day, but, because of the fact that her body had not been able to endure all the pressure at the highest level, she quit.
While, she has physically gone away from the action completely, she is still there mentally. There is still that competitiveness inside her. She misses being a professional player. She wants to go out there on the court again and fight for points.
In her interview to a website, Li said, “It would be a lie if I tell you that I don’t miss it. I surely miss it. Tennis was my habit which I pursued for a very, very long time. To get away suddenly has been difficult. But, it was not possible for me to continue either. I had been on injections and had to go through so many surgeries. So, it was the right decision. You see even today, my knee has had to go through medical treatment.” Read more »