Li Na to hold press conference today to announce retirement
Updated: 2014-09-21 08:23
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Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, will officially announce her retirement at a press conference in Beijing on Sunday.
The press conference will be held at the China Open central diamond court at 1 pm, according to a notice issued by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), which runs women's tennis, to journalists, Beijing Morning Post reported.
It is said that WTA and China Open organizers will host an official retirement ceremony during the China Open tournament that will take place between late September and early October.
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The 32-year-old Li posted a statement on social media sites Friday, saying that her retirement is due to recurring knee injuries, ending a week of intense speculation that she would announce her retirement ahead of the new WTA event at Wuhan, her home town.
Li won the 2011 French Open, becoming the first player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title, and clinched the Australian Open title in January in her third trip to the final at Melbourne Park to reach a career-high No.2 ranking.
She hasn't played since a third-round defeat at Wimbledon, withdrawing from the US Open citing a knee injury.
"Most people in the tennis world know that my career has been marked by my troubled right knee," Li said in the open letter she posted online.
"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."
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