Li Na is a Chinese professional tennis player. Li has won 5 WTAand 19 ITF singles titles. She is currently ranked World No. 4 by WTA.
Li won the 2011 French Open singles title, becoming the first player from Asia to win a Grand Slam in singles. She was also a finalist at the 2011 Australian Open, becoming the first Chinese and Asian player to make a major singles final.
Li Na was born on February 26, 1982, in Wuhan, Hubei, China. Her father Li Shengpeng was an amateurbadminton player who could not turn professional because of the Cultural Revolution; he died from cardiovascular disease when Li Na was 14.
When Li was 6 years old, she became a badminton player, but her coach kept noticing that she looked as if she were playing tennis. By the time she was 8, her coach asked her parents if she could switch to tennis, which she did at the age of 9.Li joined China's National Tennis Team in 1997 and turned pro in 1999.
At the end of 2002, Li left the national tennis team to study at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, where she completed her bachelor degree in journalism in 2009. The Chinese media mostly cited the conflict between her and the national team as the reason she quit. Some reported that the relationship between her and her teammate, future husband Jiang Shan, was opposed by the national team,some reported that her national coach Yu Liqiao was too strict towards her and her teammates, which was claimed by Li afterwards,others reported that she asked for a personal coach rather than a shared coach but was rejected.
However, Li returned to the national team in 2004. Jiang Shan married Li and became her personal coach in 2006. Li quit the national team as well as the state-runsports system in 2008 under an experimental reform policy for tennis players. This change was called "Fly Alone" by Chinese media.Li became free to select her own coaches and she kept more of her winnings.Now, 8–12% of her winnings go to the government; previously, it was 65 percent.
WTA n.Women's Tennis Association 职业女子网球协会
amateur adj.1. 业余的, 非职业的2. 外行的3. 业余爱好的n.1. 业余爱好者；业余运动员2. 外行, 生手 state-run adj.国有，公办