Li Na

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by SoCal10s, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. SoCal10s

    SoCal10s Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Messages:
    2,778
    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?
     
    #1
  2. Clarky21

    Clarky21 Banned

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2011
    Messages:
    12,686
    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.
     
    #2
  3. bluetrain4

    bluetrain4 Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2007
    Messages:
    8,879
    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.
     
    #3
  4. Jack Romeo

    Jack Romeo Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2004
    Messages:
    992
    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.
     
    #4
  5. bluetrain4

    bluetrain4 Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2007
    Messages:
    8,879
    Agreed. She's always been hot-cold. I guess now she's hot-cold at a higher level.
     
    #5
  6. mnm

    mnm Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2010
    Messages:
    224
    Location:
    Europe
    Her tactic lever yesterday was the worst ever..
    This is women's tennis for you, bash bash.
     
    #6
  7. rossi46

    rossi46 Professional

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2009
    Messages:
    1,246
    Location:
    MIA
    The word is #hit
     
    #7
  8. Hitman

    Hitman G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    May 2, 2010
    Messages:
    12,252
    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.
     
    #8
  9. SLD76

    SLD76 Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Messages:
    9,795
    Location:
    Minneapolis, North of the Wall
    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.
     
    #9
  10. SoCal10s

    SoCal10s Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Messages:
    2,778
    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..
     
    #10
  11. mary fierce

    mary fierce Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2004
    Messages:
    734
    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.
     
    #11
  12. syc23

    syc23 Professional

    Joined:
    May 20, 2011
    Messages:
    1,267
    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.
     
    #12
  13. SLD76

    SLD76 Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Messages:
    9,795
    Location:
    Minneapolis, North of the Wall
    this I doubt very much. She is not ivanovic earning money for nothing.
     
    #13
  14. SoCal10s

    SoCal10s Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Messages:
    2,778
    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...
     
    #14
  15. SLD76

    SLD76 Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Messages:
    9,795
    Location:
    Minneapolis, North of the Wall
    .................


    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.
     
    #15
  16. BobFL

    BobFL Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2007
    Messages:
    3,692
    Location:
    Orlando
    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.
     
    #16
  17. r2473

    r2473 Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Messages:
    7,119
    #17
  18. BULLZ1LLA

    BULLZ1LLA Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2011
    Messages:
    2,050
    (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)
     
    #18
  19. ivan_the_terrible

    ivan_the_terrible Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2010
    Messages:
    1,675
    Clearly, you guys have not listened to her - she won the French and has since then been riding the trough of her confidence.
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2011
    #19
  20. teAlexis

    teAlexis New User

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2011
    Messages:
    88
    Where did you get that impression from? Just curious. :-?
     
    #20
  21. r2473

    r2473 Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Messages:
    7,119
    #21
  22. BULLZ1LLA

    BULLZ1LLA Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2011
    Messages:
    2,050
    (Her 'sense of humor', its not funny and its just really strange, for example the remark about her husband being ugly....even he appeared bemused by that, and he knows her)
     
    #22
  23. Amelie Mauresmo

    Amelie Mauresmo Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2010
    Messages:
    1,646
    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.
     
    #23

Share This Page