Sunday, October 27, 2013

Year in Review: Li Na

Li Na was the runner up at this year's WTA Championships. She went undefeated in round robin play and beat Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals before losing to Serena Williams in the championship match.

Na will finish the year as the #3 women's tennis player in the world. Her ranking has been on an upswing since joining forces with coach Carlos Rodriguez in 2012.

Na won her 7th WTA title in January and went on to be the runner-up at the Australian Open later that month and at the WTA Championships in October.

Na also continued to charm the press. She was a cover girl in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential people in the world. Na was also featured in a great NY Times piece in the days leading up to the US Open, see Li Na's China's Tennis Rebel.

Here's a recap of her year on tour:

  • Won seventh WTA title at Shenzhen (d. Zakopalova in final);
  • Reached SF at Sydney (l. to A.Radwanska); 
  • Runner-up at Australian Open (l. to Azarenka in final).


  • Did not play.
  • Reached QF at Miami (l. to S.Williams). 
  • Runner-up at Stuttgart (l. to Sharapova in final). 
  • Lost in the 1st round at Madrid (l. to Keys); 
  • Reached 3rd round at Rome (l. to Jankovic); 
  • Reached 2nd round at Roland Garros (l. to Mattek-Sands).

  • Reached QF at Eastbourne (l. to Vesnina);
  • Reached QF at Wimbledon (l. to A.Radwanska). 

  • Did not play. 

  • Reached SF at Toronto (l. to Cirstea); 
  • Reached SF at Cincinnati (l. to S.Williams);
  • Reached SF at US Open (l. to S.Williams).

  • Reached QF at Beijing (l. to Kvitova). 
  • Runner-up at the WTA Championships at Istanbul (l. to S. Williams)

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