Blissful marriage of love and tennis for China's Li Na
The world number six will play Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday, and is relishing being back in the big-time after a year-and-a-half in the grand slam wilderness.
'It's been a long time since I got this far, a jovial Li told Reuters at the players cafe at Melbourne Park. You could call this a pass-mark, but ther s still a lot of work to be done.The last time Li reached the quarter-finals at a major was in 2011, when she went on to win the French Open and become the first from an Asian country to win a grand slam singles title.
In the following six majors, the last 16 was as good as it got for trailblazer Li, who struggled to deal with the higher expectations despite the efforts of hen-pecked husband-coach Jiang. University sweetheart Jiang filled the breach after Li's split with Danish coach Michael Mortensen, who guided her to the French Open win. Jiang has since withdrawn to allow the retired Justine Henin's former coach Carlos Rodriguez take the reins.
The new arrangement has been beneficial for all parties, with Rodriguez helping to quell Li's mental demons, while harmonising the playe's marriage. "(Jiang) is happier with the arrangement, for sure," said Li, whose husband had
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