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Tennis: People look at the Chinese differently now - Li

People look at Chinese players differently since Li Na won two Grand Slam titles, the new Australian Open champion claims. Li, who is seeded to win the Qatar Open title this week, is as amazed as anyone at the transformation in attitudes which have taken place recently. "I remember when I was young that people would say 'she's a Chinese player, she's easy', " said Li, who plays her first match since her Melbourne triumph on Wednesday. "That's not like now. Now people know exactly (who they are playing). And they know who she is and what she does and how she works.

Tennis: People look at the Chinese differently now - Li

People look at Chinese players differently since Li Na won two Grand Slam titles, the new Australian Open champion claims. Li, who is seeded to win the Qatar Open title this week, is as amazed as anyone at the transformation in attitudes which have taken place recently. "I remember when I was young that people would say 'she's a Chinese player, she's easy', " said Li, who plays her first match since her Melbourne triumph on Wednesday. "That's not like now. Now people know exactly (who they are playing). And they know who she is and what she does and how she works.

Tennis: Qatar top seed Li Na out to build on Melbourne success

Li Na looks certain to build on last month's Australian Open triumph by reaching a career-high world number two next week - and could go on to become Serena Williams' nearest rival. The Chinese player is the unexpected top seed at the Qatar Open starting here on Monday, after a foot inflammation caused Victoria Azarenka's withdrawal and a persistently troublesome back forced Williams to pull out too.

Tennis: The one-liners of Li Na

China's Li Na won a legion of fans en route to winning the Australian Open by cracking jokes after her matches. Here a selection of Li's one-liners: On what inspires her (after reaching the 2013 final) "Prize money." On her husband, Jiang Shan "I didn't have a good night last night. My husband was snoring. I woke up every hour." "He can't really cook. It's easier if he just pays for me (at a restaurant)." "If he says, 'Enough' (jokes), I think we will divorce." On her agent, Max Eisenbud

Tennis: The one-liners of Li Na

China's Li Na won a legion of fans en route to winning the Australian Open by cracking jokes after her matches. Here a selection of Li's one-liners: On what inspires her (after reaching the 2013 final) "Prize money." On her husband, Jiang Shan "I didn't have a good night last night. My husband was snoring. I woke up every hour." "He can't really cook. It's easier if he just pays for me (at a restaurant)." "If he says, 'Enough' (jokes), I think we will divorce." On her agent, Max Eisenbud

Third-time lucky Li keeps her wits to win Australian Open

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - "Best speech ever" was the universal verdict to Li Na's unscripted thanks at the trophy ceremony after she erased two near-misses at Melbourne Park with a joyous victory in her third Australian Open final on Saturday. Runner-up in 2011 and 2013, the 31-year-old overwhelmed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(3) 6-0 to win her second grand slam title and then left a packed Rod Laver Arena in stitches as she paid tribute to her team.

Tennis: Aussie win better than French, says Li

Chinese star Li Na said Saturday winning the Australian Open title was more satisfying than her Grand Slam breakthrough at the French Open because of the tough preparations that went into it. When she won at Roland Garros in 2011, it was the first Grand Slam title by an Asian player and enormously raised the profile of not only Li, but tennis in the region. But the victory was unexpected and she admitted she was not prepared to deal with it, later enduring a slump before returning to form under coach Carlos Rodriguez.

Tennis: China's Li storms to Australian Open title

China's Li Na stormed to her second Grand Slam title on Saturday, battling past underdog Dominika Cibulkova to win the Australian Open and give another huge boost to Asian tennis. The 31-year-old fourth seed's 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 win crowned her the champion on her third attempt after losing the 2011 and 2013 finals, adding to the French Open title she won three years ago. In doing so, she became the oldest winner of the women's title, surpassing Margaret Court who was 30 when she became champion in 1973.

Tennis: China's Li storms to Australian open title

China's Li Na stormed to her second Grand Slam title on Saturday, battling past brave underdog Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 to become the oldest woman ever to win the Australian Open. The 31-year-old fourth seed was crowned the Melbourne Park champion on her third attempt after losing in the 2011 and 2013 finals, adding to the French Open title she won three years ago. In doing so, she became the oldest winner of the women's title, surpassing Margaret Court who was 30 when she became champion in 1973.

Tennis: Li Na, the hottest property in tennis

Forget Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova -- Li Na is regarded as the hottest property in tennis, not just because of her ability, but because she has opened the door to the sport's future. In becoming Asia's first Grand Slam champion at the 2011 French Open, the wise-cracking Chinese star brought tennis to a huge potential new audience including 1.3 billion of her compatriots and a region encompassing two-thirds of humanity.
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