Li Na, a Chinese tennis professional has become one of the famous female tennis players for being the only Chinese tennis player who reached the final of a Grand Slam. She was the runner-up in the women’s singles in Australian Open. Her current WTA ranking is No. 6 which is also her career high ranking. Li Na has won 19 ITF and 4 WTA singles titles. In doubles tournament, Li Na has been pretty successful and claimed 16 ITF and two WTA doubles titles. Initially, Li Na partnered with Li Ting in the doubles but recently she has been forming temporary partnerships in women’s doubles game with players like Nicole Pratt, Jelena Kankovic, Yan Zi and Peng Shuai who are her healthy rivals as well.
Li Na is famous for her brilliant game that includes athleticism and quick reflexes all over the court with ground strokes. She has the talent of spreading these ground strokes unpredictably which makes her a dangerous opponent. She is not only comfortable at baseline but also around the net. Of her two ground strokes, her backhand is very strong. The only weakness Li Na has is high number of unforced errors. However with her weaknesses, Li Na was able to make it to the French Open final where she played against Maria Sharapova. She played convincingly and on the French Open title, her first career grand slam becoming the only Chinese player (male/female) to have won any grand slam in the history of tennis. Right after her win, Li Na also wrote a book over her success and achievements.
Australian Open 2011 women’s singles title has been a very special event as famous female tennis player Kim Clijsters won her first ever Australian Open women’s title and Li Na, the opponent of Kim Clijsters in Australian Open 2011 finale, was the first Chinese player to reach the finals of any grand slam. The Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters won her first Australian Open title by defeating China’s Li Na by fighting back into a thrilling match. Kim lost the first set to Li who clinched the first set 6-3. But later on Kim Clijsters fought back bravely and claimed the second set. Although second set turned out to be very competitive for both the players. In second set, Li again took the lead by 3-2 but Clijsters leveled the game and claimed the second set. With this come back, Kim Clijsters got much needed confidence and won the third and deciding set 6-3. The finale of Australian Open 2011 women’s singles event thrilled the spectators and ended the first grand slam of the year 2011.
Many of you might not that it was Kim’s fourth Grand Slam title in her successful tennis career. She announced her retirement in 2007 but made her way back in 2009. It was in 2009 that she bagged US Open 2009 Championship title, only to become the first seeded player and wildcard to win the grand slam title. Kim Clijsters also became first mother to have won a Grand Slam title after Goolagong in 1980. In June 2001, Kim Clijsters was named in the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” feature of TIME.