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Li Na, a star reborn

Updated: 2014-03-05 10:29 By Sun Xiaochen (China Daily)

Li Na, a star reborn

Li Na displays a gift at the launch of the new edition of her autobiography in Beijing, Feb 22, 2014. [Photo by Zou Hong / China Daily]

What they say

"Carlos really saved my marriage because the relationship between me and Jiang Shan could return to as simply being a couple after Carlos came. It's not because we no longer had feelings for each other as athlete and coach. We just feel more comfortable now as wife and husband."

— Li Na, reiterating how Rodriguez made life easier for her and her husband

"Experiencing the ups and downs after the French Open, I don't like those who just put icing on the cake. I do appreciate more those who deliver help in times of need but such people are getting fewer in real life."

Li, speaking of the ceremonious welcome and extra 800,000 yuan ($130,160) bonus that her native Hubei provincial government offered after she returned from Australia

"Departing from the national team to manage your own way won't suit everyone. A lot of young players want to copy my path to fly alone outside the State-run system, but it won't work for everyone. You always have to pick your own way."

Li, observing the trend in Chinese tennis for more and more juniors to go professional at a young age without training together at the State camp

"Li Na wins and brings a lot of people to our academy. But if you don't do your job correctly, people leave again. It's more important to keep the people. For sure, Li gave the academy a respect that we never imagined we could have."

Carlos Rodriguez, speaking of Li's impact in encouraging more parents to send their children to his tennis school in Beijing

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