LI NA

  • Li Na denies tennis comeback 5 days ago

    Singapore: Recently-retired Li Na of China on Sunday ruled out returning to the tennis circuit. "I'm already 32. I have to take care of my family right now because over the last 32 years I was trying as hard as I can on the tennis court. I am not going to...
  • Li Na receives teary goodbye at China Open October 1, 2014

    Beijing: It was a fitting goodbye for China's biggest tennis star, complete with hugs from her former competitors, cheers from Chinese fans, and a bouquet of flowers from Rafael Nadal. There were also tears. Plenty of tears. Li Na received a touching send-off at the China Open on Tuesday, more than...
  • I'm very satisfied with my tennis career, says Li Na September 21, 2014

    Li Na, a twotime Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, said Sunday she had "no regrets" about her decision to retire over long time issues with knee injuries. "I'm very satisfied with my tennis career," the 32yearold Li, a former French and Australian...
  • China's Li Na announces her retirement from tennis September 19, 2014

    China's Li Na, Asia's only grand slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis on Friday, citing the effect of longterm injuries, especially her knees. "It has been a difficult year, and I have had to face a lot of things, such as making the decision to end my professional tennis...
  • Li Na pulls out of US Open due to knee injury August 1, 2014

    Twotime major champion Li Na pulled out of the US Open on Thursday because of a knee injury which she said has bothered her for several months. The only tennis player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title also withdrew from hardcourt tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati over the...
  • Australian Open champ Li Na, coach part ways July 4, 2014

    London: Twotime major champion Li Na and coach Carlos Rodriguez are parting ways after nearly two years together. Li's agent, Max Eisenbud, says Rodriguez is no longer able to travel on the tennis circuit. Instead, Rodriguez will spend more time at his tennis academy in Beijing. In August 2012, Li hired Rodriguez,...
  • Li Na, Venus Williams out of Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic wins June 27, 2014

    London: A year that started with another Grand Slam title for Li Na has turned into a major disappointment. On a day when topseeded Novak Djokovic had a nasty fall late in his thirdround match Friday and fivetime champion Venus Williams lost, Australian Open champion Li was eliminated 76 (5), 76...
  • Li Na, Venus Williams advance to third round at Wimbledon June 25, 2014

    Australian Open champion Li Na advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a 62, 62 win on Wednesday over Yvonne Meusburger of Austria. The secondseeded Li had two early service breaks and was also broken once on her service early in the second set, but took control at 42 and...
  • Li Na advances to 2nd round at Wimbledon June 23, 2014

    London: Secondseeded Li Na of China advanced to the second round at Wimbledon with a 75, 62 win over Paula Kania of Poland on Monday. Li, the 2011 French Open champion, rallied to win the last four games of the first set after being down a service break at 53. Kania fought...
  • Second seed Li suffers Paris upset, Ferrer eases through May 27, 2014

    Li Na, the Australian Open champion, followed her male counterpart Stan Wawrinka out of the French Open in the first round when she lost 75 36 61 to local favourite Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday. The second seed from China, who won at Roland Garros in 2011, admitted she had handed victory...
  • Sara Errani beats Li Na to reach Rome semifinals May 16, 2014

    Rome: Sara Errani took advantage of a supportive crowd to beat secondseeded Li Na 63, 46, 62 on Friday and reach the Italian Open semifinals for the second consecutive year. The 10thseeded Errani is attempting to become the first Italian woman to win the tournament since Raffaella Reggi took the title...
  • Nadal, Serena, Li Na advance to Madrid quarters May 8, 2014

    Madrid: Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams lined up Madrid Open quarterfinals against tough Czechs with straightset wins on Thursday. Nadal's match on Friday should be more revealing. He hadn't lost a quarterfinal on clay in nine years until last month in Monte Carlo, and repeated in Barcelona. Returning to...
  • Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska reach 2nd round at Madrid Open May 5, 2014

    Madrid: Seeded women's players Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska overcame stubborn resistance to win their firstround matches at the Madrid Open on Monday. The secondseeded Na held off Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 61, 76 (7) before the thirdseeded Radwanska ousted Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 76 (3), 62 on the clay at the Magic...
  • Serena Williams beats Li Na for Sony Open title March 30, 2014

    Key Biscayne: The celebration began with a series of happy hops that propelled Serena Williams across the court. Soon she was twirling, waving, laughing and mugging for the cameras - a familiar ritual by a perennial champion. Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title on Saturday when she overcame a...
  • Williams, Li set up enticing Miami showdown March 28, 2014

    Serena Williams and Li Na swept past familiar foes at the Sony Open on Thursday, setting up an exciting showdown for the Miami hardcourt crown between the world's top ranked players. World number one Williams continued her utter domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the fourth-seeded Russian,...
  • Li Na cruises past Wozniacki in Miami, enters semis March 27, 2014

    Miami: World number two Li Na powered her way past 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-5 7-5 and into the semi-finals of the Sony Open on Wednesday, setting up another rematch of the Australian Open final against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova. Li did not play a match until the third round after receiving...
  • Li Na rallies past Madison Keys in 3rd round at Sony Open March 23, 2014

    Florida: Li Na overcame three set points on Sunday to rally past American Madison Keys 7-6 (3), 6-3 and reach the fourth round at the Sony Open. The No. 2-seeded Li, the reigning Australian Open champion, won despite struggling with her second serve. She had seven double-faults and was broken four...
  • Venus Williams through to third round, Li handed walkover in Miami March 22, 2014

    Miami: Before Serena Williams planted her flag at the Sony Open it was sister Venus who ruled over the Miami hardcourts and the older of the tennis siblings signalled on Friday she was ready to reclaim the throne with a 6-3 6-3 win over Anna Schmiedlova. World number one Serena's resume...
  • Li, Pennetta and Dolgopolov make Indian Wells semis March 14, 2014

    China's Li Na won her rematch with Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday. In her first meeting with Cibulkova since the Australian Open final in January, Li once again proved too strong for her younger opponent, winning 6-3 4-6, 6-3 in...
  • Top seed Li ousted in Qatar Open third round February 13, 2014

    Doha: Australian Open champion Li Na was upset by Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 76 (2), 26, 64 in the Qatar Open third round on Thursday. The topseeded Li, playing her first tournament since the Australian Open, had a 31 lead in the third set. Li played tentative tennis throughout the 2hour, 46minute...
  • Cibulkova to play Fed Cup for Slovakia January 29, 2014

    Bratislava: Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova was named in the Slovakian team ahead of next month's first round of the Fed Cup against Germany. Cibulkova lost to Li Na 76 (3), 60 in her first major final, which saw her jump to No.13 in the WTA rankings. In a team announced on...
  • Australian Open is my favourite Grand Slam: Li Na January 28, 2014

    China's Li Na, who picked up her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Saturday, spoke to CNN about her journey to lifting that trophy. ...
  • Dominika Cibulkova hopes first grand slam final won't be her last January 26, 2014

    Melbourne: Dominika Cibulkova didn't speak to her parents back in Slovakia before the biggest tennis match of her life. In fact, she hadn't spoken to them for nearly two weeks. "We were superstitious," she said in her postmatch news conference, beaming despite losing the women's final to Li Na 76 (3),...
  • Li Na wins the Australian Open 2014 women's singles title January 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Li Na made it third time lucky in the Australian Open final, beating Dominika Cibulkova 76 (3), 60 on Saturday to become the oldest woman to clinch the title here in the Open era. Li, who turns 32 next month, lost Australian Open finals to Kim Clijsters in 2011...
  • Australian Open 2014: Li Na to play Dominika Cibulkova in women's singles final January 24, 2014

    Melbourne: This will be Li Na's third time in the Australian Open final and her goal, she halfjokes, is to not fall down. For Dominika Cibulkova, the game plan is to enjoy the moment that she describes as a beautiful dream coming true. The No. 4seeded Li is the favorite to...
  • Li Na's feet on the ground after reaching third final January 23, 2014

    Melbourne: Li Na will hope to keep her head in check and feet on the ground during her third Australian Open final after her coach Carlos Rodriguez helped calm her for a thumping victory over teenager Eugenie Bouchard in the semifinals on Thursday. Runnerup last year and in 2011, the battlehardened...
  • Believe in me, I always did: Eugenie Bouchard January 23, 2014

    Melbourne: Eugenie Bouchard's Australian Open semifinal defeat at the hands of Chinese veteran Li Na would only provide her with a further springboard to greater success, the teenager said on Thursday. The promising 19yearold stormed into the semifinals at Melbourne Park with an aggressive style of tennis that won her a...
  • Li Na, Cibulkova to meet in Australian Open final January 23, 2014

    Melbourne: Li Na has advanced to her third Australian Open final and will have to beat Dominika Cibulkova to win her first title at Melbourne Park. No. 4seeded Li won the first give games to set up a 62, 64 win over 19yearold Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the first semifinal...
  • China's Li Na races into semis of Australian Open January 21, 2014

    Melbourne: China's Li Na wasted little time in advancing to her fourth Australian Open semifinal with a seemingly effortless 62 62 demolition of Flavia Pennetta on Tuesday. The 31yearold, who has reached two of the last three finals at Melbourne Park, blasted the 28thseeded Italian off the court in 66 minutes...
  • Li Na through to Australian Open quarterfinals January 19, 2014

    Melbourne: Twotime finalist Li Na has advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the third time in four years with a 62, 60 win in just 59 minutes over Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday. No. 4 Li, who broke No. 22seeded Marakova's serve five times, lost to Victoria Azarenka in the 2013...