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Name: Li Na
Hails from: Wuhan, Hubei, China
Occupation: Pro Tennis Player
Known for: Coached by her husband, inspired by her late father, and supported by a mother too nervous to watch her matches, Li is a tennis player whose game is focused on family. And the blood, sweat and tears have paid off–Li is currently 10-for-10 in her matches this year.
Entering the Australian Open as 9th seed, Li has made an impressive show so far–besting Sofia Arvidsson (Sweden), Evgeniya Rodina (Russia), Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Rep.), Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) and Andrea Petkovic (Germany). She will now face top-seeded Caroline Wozniaki (Denmark) in her second-ever Australian Open semi-finals, keeping hopes high that she will bring home the first-ever Grand Slam singles tennis title to Asia.
That should make her family proud.
Li Na, China’s #1 ranked tennis player, advanced to the semis of the Pacific Life Open after defeating Russia’s Vera Zvonareva, 6-4, 7-5. The NYT reported today about the time Na-Na dared to defy her Chinese coach:
“Li was ordered to stand in the same spot during practices until she apologized, which meant staying put for several hours in the morning and several more in the afternoon. It took the stubborn Li three days before she said sorry.”
Damn, Na-Na. I thought my parents were strict when they grounded me for not making straight A’s, foiling my plan to see Prince and the Revolution on the Purple Rain tour. But standing in shame for 3 days? That shit is HARSH.