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Li Na set to compete at last Olympics

07-25-2012 17:26 BJT

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Chinese tennis star Li Na is looking forward to one last chance to grab Olympic gold. The 2011 French Open champion missed out on a medal on home soil four years ago, but since then, she’s achieved Grand Slam status and is one of the top female players in the game.

Unlike many pro-tennis players, China’s Li Na has a pedigree in competing at the Olympics.

The former French Open champ has plenty of experience in the Olympic arena as she participated at the 2000 Sydney Games and on home soil in Beijing in 2008.

Li Na said, "This will be the last time I attend the Olympics. No one knows what it will be like in four years. You must be competitive enough and be among the top 60 to qualify for the Games. "

At the Beijing Olympics, following early-round victories, Li went on to defeat one of the favourites, Venus Williams, in the quarterfinals.

But she lost her semifinal match to sixth seed Dinara Safina and was then defeated in the bronze final by Vera Zvonareva.

But Li says in London her chance of winning an Olympic medal is good. Her confidence comes from the tremendous success last year when the Chinese star reached her first Australian Open singles final in Melbourne.

Later that year at the French Open, Li Na became the first Asian to ever win a Grand Slam title. The triumph propelled Li’s status to be among the world’s top female tennis players. However, Li has experienced ups and downs since that triumph.

As a pre-tournament favourite and defending champion Li was ousted in the fourth round of the French Open. Later at Wimbledon, which will be hosting the Olympic tennis tournaments, Li, suffered a second round defeat. But Li says she will shrug off those setbacks and get her focus back onto the Olympics.

Li Na said, "I will skip all tournaments after Wimbledon. There is three weeks to prepare, including physical training, and orientation at grass courts ahead of the Olympics. The preparatory work has been good. "

Li Na, who will also be competing in the doubles after being entered by the Chinese Tennis Association, she says she will do her best to win an Olympic medal adding to her already successful career as a tennis player.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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