When she became the first Asian woman to become a Grand Slam champion in the professional era of tennis, or any era of tennis for that matter after winning the French Open crown in 2011, a lot was expected from the Chinese tennis ace Na Li, but since that win, she struggled to put together any kind of decent result throughout the year and didn’t win another title that year. However, 2012 has begun on a slightly different note for the 30 year old having won three matches in a row in the Hopman Cup and reaching the finals in the preparatory event for the Australian Open in Sydney.
But the crushing loss to Kim Clijsters in the first Grand Slam of the year dealt a huge blow to her confidence, leading to her walking out of the post match press conference with tears in her eyes. For all those who know Na Li, it was not a normal reaction from the Chinese ace but according to a recent interview, she has regained much of her confidence and is looking forward to defending her French Open crown when the clay court season kicks off in some time.
But the 30 year old is not exactly concerned much with another Grand Slam win; rather she expects to put in a stellar performance in the upcoming Olympic Games of 2012 in London where she is hoping for one last shot at the Gold Medal. She will be leading the Chinese tennis team in the London Games and in the interview, Na Li made it clear that this will be her last Games and she will give it her best shot to get the medal.
But she also added that she is happy with the way her career has panned out and has no regrets.