March 16th, 2017
Li Na is one of the most famous Tennis Champions in the world and also a really important personality of China. Born in 1982 on 26 February in a town called Wuhan belonging to a province in China named Hubei, Li Na has begun her career at the age of 6 when she started playing badminton. Following the steps of her father who used to be a professional badminton player, Li Na was convinced two years later to abandon badminton and take her first steps into tennis. By the age of sixteen after spending 10 months in a tennis academy in Texas, Li Na has turned into a professional tennis player.
Over the years she became more and more confident in her ability and strategy of winning, so her first award winning title came on 4th of June in 2011 at the French Open. Defeating Francesca Schiavone in the final match, Li Na was the first Asian Tennis player to ever win a single Grand Slam Championship. Since then she had a blooming life and career, becoming a real celebrity in her country. A star who made China proud to have such an unique Champion in a country where tennis was played by a few. Having an aggressive playing style located mostly on the baseline, an incredible accuracy and an athletic and rapid feet movement, Li Na was able to win a second world championship title at the 2014 Australian Open after beating Dominika Cibulkova.
Listed in the Top 100 Celebrity List of Forbes 2014 magazine and appearing even on Times Magazine Top 100 most influential people in the world, Li Na is considered “The Mother of Tennis in China”. Her popularity brought a booming development of tennis throughout China, a popularity which made her write an autobiography best seller called “Playing Myself”. After living the dream of any tennis player, Li Na retired in 2014 due to a knee injury and announced at the 2015 Australian Open that she is pregnant and prepared for a family life.