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SoCal10s
08-30-2011, 09:45 PM
what's going on with Li Na ? I was hoping we have new player challenge to be #1 but seems like she can't get out of the 1st round .... women's tennis is ... ''what's the word?'' .. Wimbledon champion is out in the 1st round also?

Clarky21
08-30-2011, 09:58 PM
Li Na has been a shell of herself since she won RG. She was asked about her poor play recently in an interview after she lost and she said she is having confidence issues right now. I saw a bit of her match yesterday,and she looked worn out. Rest is what she needs,imo.

bluetrain4
08-30-2011, 10:16 PM
I can't say that I'm totally surprised given that she's always been inconsistent, but this summer there seems to be something else at play. It's been a crazy year for her with the AO final and FO win, and becoming a mega celebrity in China. She seems a little bit stressed, a little worn out. Now the Slams are over. Time for her to rest.

And, as much as she improved her game, it is still a game that can have wild fluctuations. Even though she's learned to play more recovery shots and rally balls, she still is an aggressive, hard hitting player, and once those shots stop dropping in, confidence can decline quickly, Slam champion or not.

As I said in another thread, I don't know if she'll win another Slam. She certainly could if she gets back in form, but I'm not going to count on it. Her late career run of AO SF, other Slam QFs, AO final, and FO win, is pretty remarkable. Regardless of whether she wins another Slam, I do think we'll see her have good Slam results (QF or better) again. It's not that uncommon for players to have a rough second half of the year. I don't think we've seen the last of Li Na playing at a top level.

Jack Romeo
08-30-2011, 10:41 PM
if you look at her achievements as a whole, it's not really puzzling that she's having roller coaster results. it has always been that way. the only thing that changed is that she learned to win a grand slam tournament. in the past, she couldn't even win any kind of title. then she learned to win minor titles. now she has learned to win a major. but the pattern of her actual results are no better than what it was in the past.

bluetrain4
08-30-2011, 10:54 PM
if you look at her achievements as a whole, it's not really puzzling that she's having roller coaster results. it has always been that way. the only thing that changed is that she learned to win a grand slam tournament. in the past, she couldn't even win any kind of title. then she learned to win minor titles. now she has learned to win a major. but the pattern of her actual results are no better than what it was in the past.

Agreed. She's always been hot-cold. I guess now she's hot-cold at a higher level.

mnm
08-30-2011, 11:19 PM
Her tactic lever yesterday was the worst ever..
This is women's tennis for you, bash bash.

rossi46
08-30-2011, 11:59 PM
what's going on with Li Na ? I was hoping we have new player challenge to be #1 but seems like she can't get out of the 1st round .... women's tennis is ... ''what's the word?'' .. Wimbledon champion is out in the 1st round also?

The word is #hit

Hitman
08-31-2011, 12:07 AM
She looked mentally exhausted out there in her match. There was no real consistency, and shotmaking from her. This has been a monumental year for her, the first half was probably more than she had expected, with the RU at AO and then the big win at FO. Plus, with that win, comes all the stardom, the spotlight, and all the expectations.

I think she is just exhausted. I do hope she will bounce back soon though since I really like her game, and enjoy watching her play.

SLD76
08-31-2011, 04:40 AM
yeah ...its funny. Li Na should have lost to Kvitova at the French.
Then Kvitova won Wimbledon.

Neither has done anything since Wimbledon.

I think in the case of Li it probably is a bit of fatigue and burnout.

Kvitova I think is having a "I won my first major" hangover. The pressure to be champion, everyone expecting her to be number one.....

Both players need to go back to basics on court and work their way into form.

SoCal10s
08-31-2011, 04:48 AM
Li Na was saying in an interview ,that her timing was off ,and her new coach said it was OK... so no communication there.. she was the 6th seed (i think),with all the new found success and hoopla ,she still should win at least 1 round..she's going out first round everywhere she plays..

mary fierce
08-31-2011, 04:53 AM
Li Na is also going on 30 years old, an age where in the current tennis schema wear and tear may start to exact a toll, niggling little injuries may hamper more than they once did.

syc23
08-31-2011, 04:57 AM
She's happy with the multi-million dollar endorsements signed and sealed. Now that the money is flowing in, no need to perform on the tennis court. Which is rather sad as I also thought she would be challenging for every slam after FO win.

SLD76
08-31-2011, 05:00 AM
She's happy with the multi-million dollar endorsements signed and sealed. Now that the money is flowing in, no need to perform on the tennis court. Which is rather sad as I also thought she would be challenging for every slam after FO win.

this I doubt very much. She is not ivanovic earning money for nothing.

SoCal10s
08-31-2011, 05:15 AM
this I doubt very much. She is not ivanovic earning money for nothing.

are you doubting the money she earns from endorsements ? if so you need to go to China and see.. she's IMO making the most of all female athletes.. Chinese people don't report a lot of money matters...

SLD76
08-31-2011, 05:19 AM
are you doubting the money she earns from endorsements ? if so you need to go to China and see.. she's IMO making the most of all female athletes.. Chinese people don't report a lot of money matters...

.................


I didnt say she doesnt earn money

Im saying she doesnt earn money *for nothing*

can people read anymore???

What I mean is , I dont think she doesnt give a damn about winning matches and tournaments. I think she wants to compete and win, unlike other players who got/get paid for nothing on tour like Kournikova and Ivanovic.

BobFL
08-31-2011, 08:18 AM
this I doubt very much. She is not ivanovic earning money for nothing.

Nothing? She is former #1 and she is stunning. Li Na is your typical nothing. She got lucky and she is Chinese. Actually, being Chinese is her biggest asset and selling point.

r2473
08-31-2011, 08:50 AM
I didnt say she doesnt earn money

Im saying she doesnt earn money *for nothing*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAD6Obi7Cag

ivan_the_terrible
08-31-2011, 09:42 AM
Clearly, you guys have not listened to her - she won the French and has since then been riding the trough of her confidence.

teAlexis
08-31-2011, 01:31 PM
(When I hear Li Na speak, I get the impression she is mentally not all there. I'm not surprised to see her with erratic results)

Where did you get that impression from? Just curious. :-?

r2473
08-31-2011, 02:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsaTElBljOE

Amelie Mauresmo
09-01-2011, 05:03 AM
People are expecting too much from Li Na she was always inconsistent but can also play incredible tennis. Li Na had a great year though reaching the finals of the Australian Open and having a breakthrough at the French Open. Li Na now will become a very rich woman. Maybe Li Na's motivation is down? What's the point for Li Na to work hard anymore when she's set? She's going to make millions of dollars due to her French Open victory. The French Open changed Li Na's life the Chinese people and government expect so much from her now the pressure was just too much. I hope Li Na continues to cash in on this French Open victory. I am so proud of Li for proving she definitely had the goods to win a major! I hope she can a few more.