Na Li Player Profile

Li Na: Has finished as the runner-up in Australia twice before

Li Na: Has finished as the runner-up in Australia twice before

Li will be hoping to reach a third final in Melbourne having enjoyed the one of the best years of her career in 2013.

The Chinese No 1 finished as the Australian Open runner-up in 2011 and 2013, on both occasions winning the first set before being pegged back.

Li became the first Asian winner of a grand slam when she triumphed in the French Open three years ago but has not been able to add to her major tally since.

Li won only one tournament last year but made it all the way up to third in the world rankings after a consistent run of form which saw her reach three other finals and the last four of the US Open.

Typically a baseline player, the slower hard-courts in Melbourne suit her game and Li, who won the Shenzhen Open at the start of the year, will be aiming to go one better than a year ago.

Player Details

  • Nationality: CHN
  • Date Of Birth: February 26, 1982
  • Became Pro: 1999
  • Height: 1.72 m
Recent Results
Date Opponent Tournament Round Result Score
29/03/14 S Williams WTA Sony Open Tennis F Lost 5-7, 1-6
27/03/14 D Cibulkova WTA Sony Open Tennis SF Won 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
26/03/14 C Wozniacki WTA Sony Open Tennis QF Won 7-5, 7-5
24/03/14 C Suarez-Navarro WTA Sony Open Tennis R4 Won 6-0, 6-2
23/03/14 M Keys WTA Sony Open Tennis R3 Won 6-63, 6-3
21/03/14 A Kleybanova WTA Sony Open Tennis R2 Won Walkover
10 Year Grand Slam History
Australian Open R2RUR4RUSF-R3R4R1R3
French Open -R2R4WR3R4-R3R3-
Wimbledon -QFR2R2QFR3R2-QF-
US Open -SFR3R1R1QFR4-R4R1

Na Li News

Serena Williams: Back into the US Open final

Serena sets up final rematch

Serena Williams faces a rematch with Victoria Azarenka after a straight sets win over Li Na in her US Open semi-final.

Li Na: Required treatment on an ankle and a bang on the head during defeat to Victoria Azarenka

Beaten Li left to rue tumbles

Li Na was left to wonder what might have been had she not twice fallen on court on her way to Australian Open defeat.

Li: Celebrates becoming the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam

China hails Li success

Chinese star Li Na has received widespread national acclaim after her historic French Open success.


WTS podcast

WTS podcast

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Rafa to reign again

Rafa to reign again

Tim Clement expects Rafael Nadal to regain the Monte-Carlo Masters title in the coming week.