31 Facts About Li Na

1. Li Na's was a nominee for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award, alongside Serena Williams.

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2. Li Na's ended her career ranked world No 6 by the Women's Tennis Association.

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3. Li Na's made quick work of current junior top 2 players Ana Konjuh and Belinda Bencic in the first two rounds.

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4. Li Na's won all three of her round robin matches against Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic and Victoria Azarenka, thus qualifying for the semifinals for the first time.

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5. At the Australian Open Li Na easily stormed through to the quarterfinals, where she faced world No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, who had not dropped a set during a 13-match winning streak.

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6. Li Na's met young American Madison Keys in the quarterfinals who proved to be a tougher challenge, with Li prevailing in three tight sets to book a semifinal showdown with world No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska.

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7. Li Na's was pushed to the limit by Christina McHale but had little trouble with Ayumi Morita.

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8. Li Na's cruised to the final with straight-sets defeats over Mandy Minella, Julia Cohen, Bojana Jovanovski and Peng Shuai, putting her in prime position to claim her seventh WTA title.

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9. Li Na's lost her semifinal to Maria Sharapova; the Russian reeling off eight consecutive games to take the match.

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10. Li Na's played compatriot Peng Shuai in the third round for a place in the quarters and emerged victorious in a topsy-turvy three set match lasting 2 hours and 28 minutes.

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11. Li Na's won the first set, but eventually lost the match.

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12. Li Na's received a first round bye before seeing off home crowd favourite Eugenie Bouchard in the second round.

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13. Li Na's began her title defence by defeating Sorana Cirstea, Stephanie Foretz Gacon and Christina McHale in the first three rounds before suffering a fourth round upset bid by qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova.

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14. Li Na's finished the year as the world No 5 after a memorable yet very inconsistent season.

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15. Li Na's beat Sharapova in her opening match but lost her other two matches, failing to make the semifinals.

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16. Li Na's won her opening match against Lourdes Dominguez Lino and defeated Jarmila Gajdosova and Greta Arn in the next two rounds en route to back-to-back semifinals on clay.

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17. Li Na's defeated world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals to reach the final, after saving a match point in the second set.

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18. Li Na's defeated surprise qualifier Bojana Jovanovski in the semifinals to advance to her eighth WTA final.

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19. Li Na's finished just outside the top 10 at world No 11.

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20. Li Na's defeated seventh seed Agnieszka Radwanska to advance to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the second time in her career, where she lost to world No 1 and defending champion Serena Williams.

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21. Li Na's defeated 4th seed Aravane Rezai in the semifinals, and 2nd seeded Maria Sharapova in the final to win the tournament.

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22. Li Na's started her grass-court season as the fourth seed at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham and advanced to the final with a win over Maria Sharapova in the semifinals.

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23. Li Na's reached the quarterfinals at Stockholm, and the fourth round at the US Open, where, as the 24th seed, she was beaten by eventual champion Maria Sharapova in two sets.

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24. Li Na's returned with a career-best performance at Tier I events by reaching the semifinal at Berlin.

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25. Li Na's began the year with a second-round performance at Gold Coast and a semifinal showing at Hobart, but losing to fellow Chinese player and eventual tournament champion Zheng Jie.

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26. Li Na's won all of her first seven ITF doubles tournaments she entered.

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27. Li Na's gave birth to her daughter Alisa on 3 June 2015, a day out from the 4th anniversary of her French Open win.

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28. On 19 January 2015, Li Na announced that she and her husband were expecting their first child.

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29. On 5 June 2016, Li Na was commissioned by Special Olympics as a Global Ambassador.

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30. Li Na's could keep more of her winnings, with only 8 percent of her winnings going to the Chinese Tennis Association development fund as opposed to 65 percent previously.

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31. Li Na's turned professional in 1999 at the age of sixteen.

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