20 February 2019
Li Na has been through a tough season because of a knee problem. Photo: CCTV
Li Na has been through a tough season because of a knee problem. Photo: CCTV

Tennis star Li Na to retire, CCTV says

China’s two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na is said to be retiring because of injuries, and will make the announcement on Friday, state-owned television broadcaster CCTV reported.

Li “will officially announce her retirement on September 19,” CCTV-5 said on its official blog, citing unnamed persons with knowledge of the matter.

“She is reportedly retiring because she is unable to continue competing due to her physical condition,” it said.

Although CCTV said the tennis star will make it official in a press conference on Friday, her manager said no media conference has been scheduled, RTHK reported.

Li earlier said she would attend the inaugural WTA Wuhan Open, to be held in her hometown next week. Organizers of the event confirmed that she has returned to Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province, to get ready for the competition, the report said.

Li, 32, started her training as professional tennis player at the age of 6. She won the French Open in 2011, becoming the first Asian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title.

The world number six also won the Australian Open in January this year, but she has gone through a tough season due to a knee problem.

She last played at the Wimbledon Open, where she bowed out in the third round. Her plan to participate in the North American hard court season has been derailed because of the injury.

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