Li Na

Tennis Player
Born Feb 26, 1982

Li Na is a Chinese professional tennis player. Li has won 5 WTA and 19 ITF singles titles. Li won the 2011 French Open singles title, making her the first player from an Asian country to win a Grand Slam in singles. She also reached the final of the 2011 Australian Open, becoming the first player from an Asian country to appear in a Grand Slam singles final. She is currently ranked world No.9.… Read More

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  • China's Hunt For The Next Li Na
    CNN - Oct 03, 2016
  • Li Backs Pennetta Over 'great' Retirement Choice
    Yahoo News - Oct 26, 2015
  • Tennis 'li Na Factor' Not Enough For China
    Yahoo News - Oct 05, 2015
  • Chinese Filmmaker To Make Movie About Tennis Player Li Na's Life Story
    Fox News - May 16, 2015


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Li Na.


1982 Birth Li Na was born on February 26, 1982, in Wuhan, Hubei, China. … Read More


1997 15 Years Old Li joined China's National Tennis Team in 1997 and turned professional in 1999. … Read More
1999 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Between 1999 and 2004, Li won 20 women's singles titles: 19 ITF events and one—the first ever won by a Chinese woman—on the WTA Tour. … Read More
2000 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, she won a total of 52 singles matches on the ITF circuit, more than any other player, notching another eight tournament titles including one at $50,000 level, two at $25,000, and an unbroken run of four successive $10,000 tournament wins in March and April. … Read More
2001 19 Years Old Li was mostly absent from the tour in 2001. … Read More


2002 - 2004 3 More Events
2005 saw Li finally abandoning the ITF circuit to focus solely on WTA-level events. … Read More
2006 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Jiang Shan married Li and became her personal coach in 2006. … Read More
2007 25 Years Old Li Na followed her strong showing at the Medibank tournament with an equally strong showing at the 2007 Australian Open, where she advanced to the fourth round. … Read More
Li Na had not played a professional match in half a year and had resultantly slipped to no. 29 in the WTA rankings when she returned from her rib injury in January 2008 to compete at the 2008 Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts in Gold Coast, Australia. … Read More
Na was seeded 19th at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. … Read More
Li's first tournament of 2010 was the 2010 ASB Classic in Auckland, where she was seeded second. … Read More
Li played in 2011 Medibank International Sydney as the eighth seed, making fast work of Australian wildcard Anastasia Rodionova and winning a tough three-set match against Virginie Razzano in the first two rounds. … Read More


Li started her 2012 season in the 2012 Hopman Cup, where she won all three single rubbers against Marion Bartoli, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Jarmila Gajdosova. … Read More
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