ASIA’S SUPERSTAR

Li Na who is probably Asia’s biggest superstar as far as the professional tennis is concerned would not feature in the first edition of the International Premier League Tennis.

This is obviously not good news for the Asian people who love the game, but, Li has her own reasons to keep herself away from that tournament.

She wants to become the top ranked player in the world and thus, is more focussed on the bigger events like the Grand Slams.

The timing at which the Premier League is going to be organized is a bit awkward. It will start towards the end of November and will finish in the second week of December.

Most of the professional players especially who are in top 10 don’t like to play any tournament during that period. They give themselves a bit of rest and try to get freshened up for the next season.

So, the schedule of the league might also have played a key part in Li’s decision of not participating in it.

As far as Li’s performance in the 2014 season is concerned, it’s been terrific. She has probably played the best tennis of her life in the last couple of months. She already has won two titles this season and if she continues playing this well, she should reach the top of the world rankings in a few months.

It’s Serena Williams who is the world no. 1 at the moment. Her position over there is quite strong. The American superstar has got almost 5000 ranking points more than Li.

If the Chinese player has to displace Serena from that position, she needs to continue the consistency that she has shown in the season so far.

The next event in which Li would be participating is the BNP Paribas Open.

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HONESTY

Li Na is one player who has always been very honest in her interviews. Some of her statements have got her into trouble as well, despite that, she never holds back whenever she comes in front of the press. She speaks frankly and doesn’t care what her critics think of her.

She was no different while talking to one of the Chinese websites yesterday. Whichever questions she got asked, she answered them honestly.

When asked which player in the world she loves facing, she said, “I would say its Petra Kvitova. She is a good friend of mine and we like to talk to each other. We talk not only about the game, but, about the other aspects of life as well. However, when we are on the court, we compete hard. Once, I had even got pissed off at Petra’s coach, but, when that match got over, we cracked jokes and had fun.”

When asked about her biggest positive, Li said, “I think I have got better with age. I am in my early thirties at the moment and I feel that I am physically stronger now. I have got some experience as I have been around in the professional circuit since quite some time and I make smarter moves on the court now.”

When asked what message she wants to give to her fans through her book, Li said, “I want my fans to understand that I am also a normal human being like them. There is nothing special about me. I had my goal and I worked hard to achieve that and that’s what I want everybody to do. Everybody must set a target for himself and try to get to that.”

Li is currently at the third position in the world rankings.

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