China's Grand Slam winner Li Na on 19 September 2014 announced her retirement at the age of 32. She is Asia's greatest and most influential tennis player.
The reason behind this decision is her over persistent knee injuries. She already underwent four knee surgeries due to the injuries she got while playing tennis. Moreover, Li was also hit by a heavy blow when her inspirational coach Carlos Rodriguez ended their partnership in July 2014.
About Li Na
• Li Na was born on 26 February 1982 in Wuhan, China.
• She became the first tennis player to represent an Asian country in a Grand Slam singles final by appearing at the 2011 Australian Tennis Open.
• Li won nine WTA singles titles in her entire sporting career including two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2011 French Tennis Open and 2014 Australian Tennis Open.
• She won her first Women's Tennis Association (WTA) title in Guangzhou in July 2001.
• She stood at the second place on the Forbes list of the highest paid female athletes after Russia's Maria Sharapova.
• It is after her efforts that China witnessed rapid growth of tennis. Today, China hosts 10 professional women's tournaments in comparison with only two in 2010.
What: announced her retirement
When: 19 September 2014