Li Na noticed mighty of herself in a young player on the girls folks’s tour early final year.
The two-time Sizable Slam champion didn’t hesitate to anoint Japan’s Naomi Osaka because the player with a vivid future.
Li makes historical past with Int’l Tennis HOF election
Li Na is the first player from Asia elected to the Worldwide Tennis Hall of Reputation. She joins Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the Class of 2019, which became once launched Monday on the Australian Start.
So Li — to be inducted into the Worldwide Tennis Hall of Reputation in July alongside with fellow feeble Australian Start champions Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov — became once no longer taken aback when Osaka obtained the 2018 US Start or when she changed into a quarterfinalist at Melbourne Park this year.
Li became once a trailblazer in a girls folks’s tennis, changing into the first player from China to rating a WTA title, in 2004, and the first from Asia to rating a Sizable Slam singles title when she obtained the 2011 French Start. She moreover obtained the Australian Start in 2014 after shedding two earlier finals there.
“After I first noticed Naomi Osaka play, I thought she became once in actual fact restful, very ragged on courtroom. She became once so taking into consideration her sport itself, no stress, point by point. That quality and the player’s focus in actual fact impressed,” Li mentioned thru a Chinese language translator.