Two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na announces retirement

Two-time Grand Slam champion, Lina Na has announced her retirement. The 32-year-old confirmed the news through her official Facebook account in a note titled "Letter From Li Na".

By Dattaraj Thaly | Updated: Sep 19, 2014, 09:11 AM IST
Two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na announces retirement

New Delhi: Two-time Grand Slam champion, Lina Na has announced her retirement. The 32-year-old confirmed the news through her official Facebook account in a note titled "Letter From Li Na".

Li became the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title when she conquered the French Open in 2011.

The reason for her retirement is the worsening of knee injuries that has been a constant hindrance to her career progress.

Li, who also has an Australian Open win to her credit, has not played since her third-round loss at Wimbledon in July.

She has been a poster girl for the Women`s Tennis Association (WTA), which has made a concerted push into Asia with several new tournaments including Wuhan.

The Chinese initially planned to return at the inaugural WTA Wuhan Open, in her home city, next week. Earlier in July, Li also split with her influential coach, Carlos Rodriguez. 

With agency inputs