Li Na Expected To Announce Retirement Friday
by Tom Gainey | September 18th, 2014, 9:54 am
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Popular Asian star Li Na is expected to announce her retirement from tennis Friday in her hometown of Wuhan, China. Li Na won the Australian Open in January but the 32-year-old has been battling knee injuries since, and most recently she missed the US Open.

Currently ranked No. 6, Li Na reached a career-high No. 2 in the WTA rankings earlier this season. She also won nine titles including two Grand Slams at the 2011 French Open and the 2014 Australian Open.

Her last match was a third round loss at Wimbledon to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Shortly after the defeat she and longtime coach Carlos Rodriguez parted ways. She then withdrew from the summer events because of the knee.


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8 Comments for Li Na Expected To Announce Retirement Friday

andrea Says:

that’s disappointing. if its true, i will miss her on court interviews. she could have the whole stadium in the palm of her hand with her funny stories.


Hippy Chic Says:

I knew she was injured,but i certainly didnt see this coming,especially after winning a GS earlier this year,such alot of talent,and a game to trouble the very best,wishing you all the best for a bright future away from the game in whatever you choose to do with your life,womens tennis will certainly miss you as its sadly lacking in depth,good luck Li Na….


SG1 Says:

Very unfortunate. You never want to see anyone have to hang it up due to injury.


SG1 Says:

She seemed genuinely engaging and was a great ambassador for tennis. Hoping she finds happiness in the next stage of her life.


Sean Randall Says:

That’s too bad. She was a lot of fun to have around.


jane Says:

she has such a fun personality and great tennis to boot; she’ll be missed for sure.


Humble Rafa Says:

32 is definitely the right age to retire. Some people get it.


Tmd Says:

Goodbye Li Na and Ash Barty who also retired today.

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