Archived from the original on Li was mostly absent from the tour in Li's next tournament was the Rogers Cup , where she made it all the way to the final. The final was a contest between her and Maria Sharapova, whose passage to the final included three three-set matches each lasting over three hours.
The following week, another highly ranked American player, Jill Craybas , narrowly defeated Li Na in a close three-set first-round match at Beijing. Li employed a solid defensive game combining great footwork, speed and lateral movement. As one of the favourites, Li's quest for a second Grand Slam title began when she played Anabel Medina Garrigues in the opening round of Roland Garros , winning in two sets.
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The following week, another highly ranked American player, Jill Craybas , narrowly defeated Li Na in a close three-set first-round match at Beijing. Li withdrew from both the inaugural Brisbane International , where she was defending champion as she won the title at Gold Coast in , and the Australian Open because of a right-knee injury. Li's win over Lisicki avenged her loss to the big serving German in the previous year's second round of the Wimbledon Championships. In a final featuring the world's top 2 players, Li raced to a 5—2 lead in the first set and wasted a set point, before her opponent world No. After the tournament, Li reached a new career high singles ranking of world No.
Li won the first set and looked headed for victory when she went 4—0 up in the second due to an effectively aggressive gameplan which saw her take 15 of 17 points. Their last meeting at the WTA Tour Championships was a lopsided affair, with Li recording a straight sets win and losing just three games in the process. But with an entry ranking of 30th, she found herself seeded 27th after some withdrawals, and thus achieved another first for her country in becoming the first Chinese woman ever to be seeded for entry into a Grand Slam tournament. At 1—5 in the final set, Li began a resurgence by reeling off the next three games to close the gap to 4—5, but the Belgian managed to close out the match. In the quarterfinal, she defeated Victoria Azarenka in three sets, two of which were tiebreaks where though she failed in serving for the match twice in the last set. She mounted a comeback to win the second set, coming from 4—2 down.
Li was then stunned by lucky loser Madison Keys in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open the following week, her first early tournament exit of the season. Li Na career statistics. In the quarterfinal, she defeated Victoria Azarenka in three sets, two of which were tiebreaks where though she failed in serving for the match twice in the last set.
By virtue of the withdrawal of Kim Clijsters, Li was the third seed at Wimbledon , her highest seeding at a Grand Slam. Li won the first round match against Francesca Schiavone. Archived from the original on 21 February Although she did not possess an overwhelmingly powerful serve, it was very well placed, earning her aces or unreturnables on occasion, however it often became a liability when she lost confidence under pressure, resulting in many double faults.
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She defeated world No. In the quarterfinals she faced Angelique Kerber and lost in two sets. She rose to fame after her Roland Garros triumph, and since had signed seven endorsements in multiple-year terms. Li then competed at the Rogers Cup in Toronto , at which she made the final last year. Archived from the original on 2 May
Their most notable meeting to date was in the final of the Australian Open. The Sydney Morning Herald. After this impressive result, she jumped six rankings up to no. She defeated surprise qualifier Bojana Jovanovski in the semifinals to advance to her eighth WTA final.
She boasted an exceptional backhand down-the-line, which was very effective at producing winners or setting up a weak reply from the opponent. Retrieved 3 June Li won the first round match against Francesca Schiavone. In round 2, she scored her second straight-sets victory in four career head-to-heads against Russian world No.
Li has a rose tattoo on her chest, but kept it hidden for many years since tattoos are widely considered unacceptable in China, especially on women. In her semifinal against Serena Williams she was broken when serving for both sets and was beaten by the eventual champion. Li's win over Lisicki avenged her loss to the big serving German in the previous year's second round of the Wimbledon Championships. At the Sony Open Tennis , Li received a first round bye and walkover in the second round due to the withdrawal of Alisa Kleybanova. Her friendly on-court demeanour as well as her hilariously-witty post-match interviews brings a smile to everyone's face.
As the most successful East Asian , and Asian tennis player ever, Li has become one of the most well-known and marketable athletes in the world. The left ankle injury she sustained in the Australian Open decider forced her to withdraw from subsequent tournaments including the Qatar Total Open , the Indian Wells Masters , plus an exhibition match at the BNP Paribas Showdown in Hong Kong in which she was scheduled to play former world No. Despite being severely hindered in her movement, she continued playing but eventually lost the match in three sets to Victoria Azarenka. Retrieved 7 June In both won the first tournament they entered.
- Li lost her semifinal match to sixth seed Dinara Safina and was then defeated in the bronze final by Vera Zvonareva. In early February, she reached the quarterfinals at Hyderabad and qualified for Doha where she was narrowly beaten by Patty Schnyder in the first round of the main draw. As a result of this performance, Li was the first Chinese woman ever to be ranked in the top 10 of women's professional tennis. Li then participated in the Open GDF Suez in Paris, but retired against Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round of the tournament due to a back injury she sustained during her Fed Cup matches.
- At the Beijing Olympics , following early-round victories against world No. Due to a rain delay and the fact that Hingis played on Rod Laver Arena , a roofed court, on the originally scheduled day, Hingis had an extra day of rest. The New York Times. Li became the first player to defeat her this season and advanced to the semifinals where she ousted world No. Despite taking the first set, Li lost the second by the same scoreline; and although she was 3—2 up in the final set, she then ceded four successive games to her opponent to lose the match.
The Wall Street Journal. Her ranking having risen back to no. After the tournament she returned to the world top ten at no.
Li was seeded ninth at Wimbledon. In June, after Li's world ranking had risen to No. It was a return to her form after being plagued by losses and early round exits in almost all her tournaments during the second half of following her Roland Garros triumph. These results elevated Li Na to world No.
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In both won the first tournament they entered. Going into the Australian Open, she had a further ranking points to defend from her fourth-round performance in After the tournament she returned to the world top ten at no.
After losing in a grass tune-up event in Birmingham, Li pulled out of every tournament she was to play in the summer, including Wimbledon and the US Open, citing a rib injury. They met three times in , two of which were at Grand Slams, with Li winning on both occasions, before Azarenka won their third meeting at the WTA Tour Championships , en route to reaching the final. Li started her season as the defending champion at the Shenzhen Open. QF , , Li began her Australian Open campaign by cruising through the early rounds of the tournament, dispatching Ksenia Pervak , Olivia Rogowska , and Anabel Medina Garrigues after Garrigues retired due to an injured ankle , en route to meeting her Australian Open final conqueror Kim Clijsters in the fourth round.