Our last featured player in the childhood photos series was Petra Kvitova – the highest-rising WTA player of the season, and now I’d like to feature China’s Li Na, another tennis star with a breakthrough year:
- Australian Open 2011 – Li became the first Asian, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam singles final
- French Open 2011 – Li was first Asian player ever, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title
- cracking Top 5 and reaching a career-high ranking of number four
- qualifying for the year-ending Championships in Istanbul
Let’s have a look at the little Wuhan girl before her tennis stardom. Judging by her comfortable posing and the fashionable outfit, Li could have easily developed into a model.
Besides numerous WTA players Women’s Tennis Blog has featured in the childhood series, Zheng Jie, another Chinese player, also found her well-deserved place.
Sam, thank you for sending me Li’s picture! 😉