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'I can sleep until I wake up natural after retirement': Li Na

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-04-15 10:20

SHANGHAI - Chinese tennis legend Li Na, who was nominated for the sportswoman of the year in the Laureus World Sports Awards, said Tuesday that she enjoyed the life after retirement from tennis, saying that "I can sleep until I wake up natural."

"To sleep until natural wakeup" has been a dream for Li Na, who was forced to retire because of knee injuries after winning her second Grand Slam title - the Australian Open in 2014. She told media last April that "I did not sleep well for long. I really hope that I can sleep until I wake up natural when I don't have any matches and trainings."

"My life now without tennis is different. But I don't think I can live without tennis, it's been part of my life," said Li Na, who became the first Chinese to win the Grand Slam title when she won the French Open in 2011.

"But it is unimaginable at the moment to think of a comeback to professional tennis," added Li.

Retrospecting her tennis career, Li Na said the most memorable moment was when she sailed into the Australian Open final in 2011 before losing to Belgian Kim Clijsters in three sets. "It was for the first time I was so close to have a touch of the Grand Slam trophy."

Li Na is now one step away from Laureus sportswoman of the year award, competing with other five candidates including American tennis star Serena Williams and Norwegian skier Marit Bjorgen.

"I am happy enough to be nominated in the pool," said Li. "It could be perfect if I can win, but it is up to the Laureus Sports Academy members to decide."

It is the second time Li Na entered the final pool after 2012 when she became candidate for the sportswoman of the year.

The winner will be announced Wednesday.

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