Li Na

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Name: Li Na

Country: China

Date of Birth: 26.02.1982

Education: Bachelors in Arts and MBA

Type of Business: Athlete

Main Achievements: Has been declared amongst the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine, came at number 85 at Forbes Celebrity 100 and number 4 on Forbes China Celebrity, received Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award, the first player from Asia elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, achieved a WTA ranking of world No. won two grand slam singles titles, won the 2011 French Open.

Something interesting about the person: Li Na hated tennis when she was young because she couldn’t get time to play with her friends and her coaches were really hard on her, her mother did not appreciate her accomplishments much, she does not play tennis for her country’s glory instead she plays it for herself.

Biography:

The tennis rebel of China was born in Wuhan and graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Since her childhood, she had a love-hate relationship with tennis. Like every other daughter, she was very attached to her father, who was a professional badminton player and wanted his daughter to follow his footsteps. However, her father died due to a rare cardiovascular disease, and Li Na was left devastated. Her mother remarried not long after her husband’s death; she did not concern herself much with Li Na’s achievements in Tennis. 

Since her childhood, she was devoid of parent’s love which influenced her personality. She never mentioned her mother in her Australian Open Victory Speech, not even China because she admitted that she never played tennis to support the glory of her country, she did it herself and behind her success is her own hard work. She became her own hero and showed enough enthusiasm towards this sport because she wanted to make her father’s dream come true of winning gold in China’s National Games. 

Li Na first began her career in sports by first playing badminton, but her coach convinced her into playing tennis instead because he thought she is better suited for that game. She had been playing tennis since she was eight years old, the time when nobody knew about Tennis in China. She is the pioneer of bringing this game into her country. She won three ITF Circuit singles tournaments out of four as well as all seven ITF doubles tournaments. At this stage, she knew that if her father were alive, he would be proud of his daughter. When Li Na turned 20, she decided to leave tennis due to some health and personal reasons and focus on her studies. Hence, she studied journalism. Mainly the reason for her good time away from tennis was her love interest Jiang Shan, who was also a tennis player. In 2008, Li Na took 65 per cent of her prize money and left the Chinese sports system, starting her career by going solo. 

By going solo, Lin only had to provide eight per cent of her earnings. Her final in the French Open at Roland Garros was watched by 116 Chinese on television. Because of Li Na, China has now fifteen million tennis players. Ander Agassi was Li Na’s role model. She was inspired by his long hair and tattoos; it was because of her obsession with him she got a rose tattoo on her chest and multiple stud earrings. The Chinese sports system highly condemned her behaviour, but she was a rebel and did not confine to the rules. Instead, she broke free of them.

She has inspired millions of people by her strong personality, her beaming smile that cheers up the crowd, her determination, and her resilient nature. She is famous for her witty speeches and excellent match skills. Li Na had to retire in the year 2014 due to her knee injuries. Na has a 4-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy. With an estimated net worth of 40 million dollars, Li Na recently donated three million yuan to her hometown in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Links:

 http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/21/c_138245556.htm

https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/inductees/li-na