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Li Na proves critics wrong

Updated: 2014-01-29 08:56
( China Daily)

Li Na won her second Grand Slam title. Her singles title at the Australian Open on Saturday shows that she is far from being a one-hit wonder, says an article in Beijing Times. Excerpts:

Li Na won the French Open in 2011. Her dry run in the next two years prompted many to say that she was unlikely to win a second Grand Slam title, especially because the red clay court at Stade Roland Garros has seen quite a few unlikely winners.

Li has succeeded in silencing her critics with her victory at Melbourne Park. She showed even more maturity and gumption than she had three years ago during her French Open triumph. Her victory has established her as a truly world-class player.

Li's light-hearted humor has conquered many tennis fans both at home and abroad. She is the "tennis ambassador" of China and even Asia, and will always be remembered as the Asian woman who created tennis history.

China has grown from a weak sports nation into a sports powerhouse. Today, it can boast such names as Yao Ming, Liu Xiang and Li Na. Behind this achievement are the huge number of young athletes striving to fulfill their dreams.

Li's story is a source of inspiration for these youngsters, especially young tennis players. If Li can struggle to realize her dream at the age of 32, there is no reason why the 20-somethings should relax.