Persistent knee injury forces Li Na to retire

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 20, 2021
  • Li Na bids bye to competitive tennis after knee injury.

Recurring knee injury has forced Li Na, 32, a two-time Grand Slam winner to retire from tennis.

The Chinese player known for her humor on and off the courts wrote an open letter in the social media networks on Friday prior to her official press announcement on Sunday.

Her retirement brings the curtains down on the most successful player from Asia who defied all odds to win the 2011 French Open and later reached the 2011 Australian Open which she eventually won in January this year.

In the open letter, Li Na explained the reasons for her retirement. “Most people in the tennis world know that my career has been marked by my troubled right knee. After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding.

After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different.

One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100 percent, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100 percent."

The player looked back at her achievements and is full of pride. “What I've accomplished for myself is beyond my wildest dreams. What I accomplished for my country is one of my most proud achievements."

In retirement, she will devote her energy to a proposed Li Na Tennis Academy. “My philanthropic work will expand in scope as I continue to dedicate myself to helping those in need.

What was once just a dream in China today is a reality. On a personal side, I look forward to starting a new chapter of my life, hopefully having a family and reconnecting with those I did not have the luxury of spending a lot of time with while playing." By Agencies