Li Na is awesome

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  1. tacou

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    I've always liked her game, but this is the third interview I've seen her do at this AO. She is hilarious and pretty witty. I hope she reaches the final.
     
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    Link to interview?
     
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  3. Defcon

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    She really should be more popular. Funny and positive, and a good attacking game that's fun to watch.
     
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    Hiring Carols clearly is a good move. I think Justin Henin has the best techniques among women, of all time. Rubbing some of that off is very valuable.

    Li Na has power, but needs someone to help tame it. She has a tendency to misfire. At 31, I hope she can have a couple of more good years (and $).

    Among new Chinese players with potential, there is a Zheng Saisai, 18, just got into the quarters in doubles. Very good athlete all around. Very alert. In the two last rounds with some 10-20 ranked players, she was the star.
     
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  5. Crisstti

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    She IS awesome.

    A pity she didn't do more early on in her career.
     
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    I'd agree. A very engaging personality. And, has developed into a great player.

    But, it's not that surprising that she didn't become a bigger star outside of China, at least until now. First, for a long time, she was just a run-of-the-mill good, but not great, player. She had some good results (her first Slam QF was back in 2006), but she wasn't a serious contender for Slams, or even bigger tournaments in general. She took three years off and went back to school after her initial try at pro tennis, and didn't become a full-time pro again until 2005 when she was 23. And, as stated, her results were good, and she had a few matches which suggested she could be even better (I remember her really scaring Clijsters one year at the AO (this was prior to 2011 when she lost to Clijsters in the final)), but for the most part the didn't do anything to really call attention to herself.

    For a 30-year old, she hasn't even been around that long. I was surprised that she has played "only" 6 times at Wimbledon and the FO.

    I think the Li Na that we all know and love started to take shape when she made the QF at the 2009 USO, and then followed that up with 2010 AO SF and 2010 Wimbledon QF. Then of course, she made the 2011 AO final, and improbably won the 2011 FO to become a household name amongst tennis fans. But, even then she kind of went away for while for the latter part of 2011 and 2012. Not surprising, because we all know her game can be inconsistent.

    I think Rodriguez has really helped develop her game at an advanced tennis age and made her a more consistent overall (I love that she's moving forward more). Of course, given her game, she's still subject to wild mood swings in her tennis, and I'm never really that surprised when she does paricularly well or suffers a bad loss.

    But, I think she has kicked it up a gear in 2013 and is playing smarter overall, and I believe that she'll be (for her) more consistent overall this season. That great play combined with her hilarious, sunny personality is a joy to watch.
     
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  7. Vertiz

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    Not being as nationally proud as my pops who is china 110%, I can still say she is pretty awesome. For me dad she is a superhero lol (when she wins).
     
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    she has a great sense of humor. shows a genuine persona during interviews and conferences and doesn't seems as cookie cutter as a lot of other players.
     
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    I love her personality and her public arguments with her husband.....

    Also the fact that there is a top Chinese player is a great thing for the sport and its future. I hope Li Na, having been a rather late bloomer, stays around for years to come.
     
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    zheng saisai kinda has the tipsy thing going on. great footwork, powerful but compact strokes and neon yellow sunglasses. met her at us open last year and shes pretty fun to talk to also.

    li na is definitely a great story. she quit tennis at 22 to go to university and study journalism with her husband before deciding to come back to the tour. she works hard and wants to succeed a lot more than most of the other chinese players, hence leaving the natl federation and training in germany (she finds germany excessively boring btw).

    in real life shes very friendly and laidback, except when she loses. after the rogers cup final her.husband and I dared not talk to her for a solid hour because.of how mad she was.
     
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