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Passion is the most important thing when making your name in sport, says Li Na

According to Li Na, passion is very important for the kids who want to make their name in sports.

The recently retired player believes that the kids should fall in love with the game.

Li was in Singapore the other day with one of the cabinet ministers of China to pay a visit to Sports Hub.

She spoke to the reporters there. When she was asked about her plans of opening a tennis academy, she said, “All I want through my academy is to make the kids enjoy because that is very important. You cannot be successful for a long period of time without enjoying the game.”

“Some kids go to the academies because they are forced to do so by their parents. Even with me, it was the case. I did not want to become a tennis player, but, because of the family pressure, I pursued. However, I have always felt that the kids themselves have to develop that desire of playing the game. If they don’t love the game and still play, there is a lesser chance of them achieving success.”

When asked how excited she is to head back down under at the start of next year as Australian Open’s friend, Li said, “I am really, really glad. It’s an honour. The people of my country also like Australian Open a lot because the timing of the matches suits them. They can follow the tournament easily.”

“Going to Melbourne has always been fantastic. The people there have always cheered for me. It’s one of the better places that I have ever travelled.”

Li Na had lifted the Australian Open trophy in Melbourne this year and nobody would have thought at that time that she would never compete there again.

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Federer Doesn’t Want To Retire

Roger Federer doesn’t think that only because he has slowed down a little bit in the last couple of years, he should announce his retirement from the game. He has vowed to keep playing as long as his body and mind supports him to do so.

Federer has seen quite a few heartbreaking loses in the past two seasons. The most recent was his defeat at the hands of the Serbian Novak Djokovic in the final of the Wimbledon Championships. He had lost that match in 5 sets.

The Swiss maestro took a little bit of a break after that setback as he went on a short holiday with his young family. He is back now after getting himself freshened up and is ready for what would be a very competitive hard court season.

Till date, there has not been any tennis player with a bigger fandom than Federer. The 32-year old Switzerland native is immensely popular in most parts of the world. He is the role model for a lot of teen aged players.

When asked if he feels pressurized at times because of being this popular, Federer said, “No, I don’t. I am not special. I am just like any other human. People might consider me as perfect, but, that’s not the case. I’ve got my issues in life too. I am still a learner. I am learning every day.”

When asked if he thinks he is moving towards the day of his retirement, the world no. 3 said, “Look, as long as my fitness is good and I am not finding it hard to soak up the pressure at this level, I will go on.”

Federer would start his hard court season by taking part in the Rogers Cup.