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Li Na

Tennis Player Li Na
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Profession: Tennis Player

Nationality:
China
Chinese

Why Famous: Li Na is a pioneering Chinese tennis player and the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam title. In 2011 she won the French Open, followed by the 2014 Australian Tennis Open.

Li Na turned profession in 1999 aged 16. She went on to win nine WTA tournaments, her first at the Guangzhou International Women's Open in 2004. In 2014 she reached her career high world ranking of No. 2. Li Na's success has been credited with a dramatic rise in the popularity of tennis in Asia. She retired in 2014 and was the first Asian player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Born: February 26, 1982
Birthplace: Wuhan, Hubei, China
Age: 38 years old

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Pisces

Events in the Life of Li Na

  • 2011-01-29 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Kim Clijsters wins her 4th and final Grand Slam title; beats Li Na of China 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
  • 2011-06-04 French Open Women's Tennis: Li Na becomes first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Italian defending champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6
  • 2013-01-26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wins her 2nd straight Australian title; beats Li Na of China 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • 2013-10-27 American Serena Williams wins her 4th season ending tennis title; beats Li Na of China 2–6, 6–3, 6–0 in the WTA Championship final in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2014-01-25 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Li Na of China becomes first Asian Australian champion; beats Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia 7-6, 6-0
  • 2019-01-21 Li Na of China becomes first Asian player to be elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame; joins Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Mary Pierce of France as Class of 2019 inductees

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