China's first and only Grand Slam winner formally announces her retirement in this heartfelt letter published here in its full-length, unedited version.
Chinese tennis trailblazer and reigning Australian Open champion Li Na today brought down the curtain on a glittering 15-year professional career with the announcement of her official retirement from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).
"Li Na has been a fun, powerful, and wonderful player on the WTA tour and, along with her fans, I am sad to hear that she has retired. In addition to her amazing tennis abilities and her warm and humorous personality, she is a pioneer who opened doors to tennis for hundreds of millions of people throughout China and Asia.
China's two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na will announce retirement on Friday, a member of her agent team said on Thursday.
While there is no official confirmation of Li Na's pending retirement, the Chinese tennis ace received an overwhelming number of good wishes from fans across the Internet - around 13 million.
A report from a Chinese news outlet, citing insiders, says management company IMG will hold a press conference on Friday in Li's hometown of Wuhan to make the announcement.
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