Injuries ‘Retire’ Li Na From Tennis

China’s two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na has announced her retirement after failing to overcome “chronic” injuries.
The 32-year-old world number six won the Australian Open in January to add to her 2011 French Open title.
However, she had not played since losing in the third round at Wimbledon in June and underwent knee surgery in July.
“Walking away from the sport, effective immediately, is the right decision for me and my family,” she said.
“It took me several agonising months to finally come to the decision that my chronic injuries will never again let me be the tennis player that I can be.”
Li rose to be a national sporting hero in China after becoming Asia’s first Grand Slam singles champion and only America-based Russian Maria Sharapova has higher off-court earnings, according to the Forbes list of highest paid female athletes.
Announcing her decision in an open letter to fans, she added: “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.
“While I’ve come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again.”

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