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Table tennis Olympic champion Li Xiaoxia announces retirement

Jan 4, 2017 08:34 IST

Li Xiaoxia, the table tennis Olympic champion from China, in first week of January 2017 announced her retirement from the game. She announced her retirement through social media, Sina Weibo.

Li helped China win the team gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. In the tournament, she also finished as the runner-up in the singles event.

29-year-old Li wrote on Sina Weibo, “I have to say goodbye to you even though I feel it a pity to do so. Goodbye, my beloved table tennis. Goodbye, my prestigious Chinese team”. Sina Weibo is Chinese equivalent to twitter.

Li Xiaoxia

• Born on 16 January 1988, Li is a Chinese table tennis professional.

• She is the 8th table tennis Grand Slam winner in history with singles crowns from the 2008 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, 2012 Olympics in London.

• She also won the 2013 world championships in Paris.

• She also has several doubles and teams world titles to her name.

Titles won by Li Xiaoxia include

Singles

• She won the singles title at 2012 Olympic Games

• She won the singles title at 2013 World Championships

• She won the singles title at the world cup in 2008.

• In 2010 she won the singled title at the Asian Games

• In Pro Tours, she was able to fetch the singles title on seven occasions namely like China (Shenzhen) Open 2005, Swedish Open 2007, Singapore, China (Shanghai) Open 2008 and China Open 2010.

Women's Doubles

• She won the doubles titles at World Championships in 2009 and 2011

• In Pro Tours, she was able to fetch the doubles title on sixteen occasions namely Austrian Open 2004, Slovenian Open 2006, German Open 2007, China (Suzhou) Open 2009, Austrian Open 2010 and German Open 2011.

• In 2006 and 2010, she was able to win the titles at Asian Games

• In 2007 and 2009, she was able to win the women’s doubles title at Asian Championships

Mixed Doubles

• In 2009, she won the title of Asian Championships.

Team

• In 2006 and 2008, she along with her team was able to win the team title at the World Championships

• In 2007, 2009 and 20010, she was a part of the team that won the team title at World Team Cup.

• In 2006 and 2010, she was the part of the team that won the team title at Asian Games

• She was a member of the team that won the team title at the Asian Championships in 2003, 2007 and 2009.

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