02
Feb
12

Li said, “I really can’t go or be alone anywhere” as she lamented over her superstar status in China.

Li Na dominated host team China’s 3-0 victory over cross-straits challenger Chinese Taipei on Thursday with her own decisive 62 60 singles win against Kai Chen Chang in Pool A of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group I event. An overflow throng of partisan spectators waited intently for Li’s match to begin and were not left dangling as China’s No. 1 player solidly delivered the goods on centre court in her straight sets triumph. The final result never seemed to be in doubt as every move Li made was watched with spellbound fascination by the Shenzhen crowd. Li reaches superstar status. During the post-match press conference, and in front of a massive Chinese media horde, Li was reluctant to speak of her chances at the upcoming London Olympics and instead was surprisingly reflective how global fame and fortune has impacted her personal life.

Li seems trapped by her own on-court success, saying, “My personal life is no longer mine. I can’t do anything without people now wanting to come up to me, touch me, sign an autograph or even buy me dinner”. She did say that on-court success and media attention has led to, “a groundswell of interest by millions of budding young female tennis players across China and I am pleased to be an ambassador of tennis in China. There is bright future for this sport in China,” she concluded. Perhaps reflective of her feelings towards the gigantic media pack following her in Shenzhen, Li quickly headed for the exit immediately following the post-match press conference.

 

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