Li Na Retirement Ceremony At 2014 China Open (Beijing)

Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic among stars bidding farewell to Li Na (click to enlarge)

With many of her WTA competitors around her, Li Na was bid a fond farewell at the 2014 China Open in Beijing. The Asian tennis pioneer and 2-time Major winner announced her retirement prior to the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open held in her hometown of Wuhan, China. She received a ceremony there, but this one in Beijing was a more elaborate affair. There were many tributes and gifts from officials, players and friends. Among the players in attendance were Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Sabine Lisicki and a special appearance by Rafael Nadal. Especially moving was Petra Kvitova’s part at around 11 minutes and 30 seconds of the following video:

 

Petra Kvitova cries during Li Na retirement ceremony (click to enlarge)

Li Na has also been named WTA Finals ambassador, so her fans (like me) will have another chance to see her this year before she settles into her life away from the tour. I am definitely going to miss her. She’s committed to her tennis academy in China and has spoken of wanting to start a family. I wish Li Na every happiness.

ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE

Li Na

Li Na

Caroline Wozniacki wipes away a tear

Li Na hugs Petra Kvitova

Jelena Jankovic hugs Li Na

with husband, Jiang Shan

Li Na

Li Na

Li Na

Li Na hugs Petra Kvitova

Li Na

Li Na hugs Petra Kvitova

Li Na

Li Na

Li Na

Li Na and Petra Kvitova

Li Na and Petra Kvitova

…and, of course, the fans will miss her…

 

 

 

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