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Li advances to Madrid semifinals

MADRID, May 6 (UPI) -- Li Na, in a slump since the Australian Open, reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open with a three-set victory Friday over Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Li inches up to sixth in tennis rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 18 (UPI) -- Li Na, who hasn't won a match since the Australian Open semifinals, improved her world women's tennis ranking one spot to sixth this week.
Clijsters wins Australian Open title

Clijsters wins Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Kim Clijsters piled up seven service breaks Saturday in defeating Li Na in three sets in the title match of the Australian Open.
Li, Clijsters reach Australian Open final

Li, Clijsters reach Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Li Na, the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final, will go against Kim Clijsters for the Australia Open title after semifinal play Thursday.
Clijsters through to Sydney semifinals

Clijsters through to Sydney semifinals

SYDNEY, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Kim Clijsters, despite facing 14 break points, won in straight sets Wednesday and advanced to the semifinals of the Medibank International in Australia.
Upsets mark first day of WTA Champions

Upsets mark first day of WTA Champions

BALI, Indonesia, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Kimiko Date Krumm and Ana Ivanovic pulled off upsets Thursday in the first matches of the WTA's Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Indonesia.
Li downs error-prone Sharapova at Aegon

Li downs error-prone Sharapova at Aegon

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 13 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Li Na of China claimed her first title of the year Saturday, defeating Maria Sharapova to win the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England.
Li back in Aegon Classic semifinals

Li back in Aegon Classic semifinals

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 11 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Li Na, last year's tournament runner-up, completed two wins Friday and made the semifinals of the Aegon Classic in England.

Top seed withdraws in Warsaw

WARSAW, Poland, May 20 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki withdrew from her quarterfinal match Thursday at the Warsaw Open, citing an ankle injury.
Kanepi upset breaks 11-match losing streak

Kanepi upset breaks 11-match losing streak

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Li Na suffered a first-round upset loss Tuesday at the ASB Classic in New Zealand.
Dementieva easily wins third-round match

Dementieva easily wins third-round match

BEIJING, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- No. 4-seeded Elena Dementieva swept to a straight-set victory Wednesday in third-round play of the $4.5 million China Open tennis tournament.
Clijsters, Serena meet in U.S. Open semi

Clijsters, Serena meet in U.S. Open semi

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Defending champion Serena Williams and 2005 champion Kim Clijsters will face off in the semifinals at the women's U.S. Open tennis.
Williams sisters advance at Bank of West

Williams sisters advance at Bank of West

STANFORD, Calif., July 29 (UPI) -- Venus and Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the Bank of the West Classic in California Tuesday.

Semifinals set at Monterrey Open

MONTERREY, Mexico, March 7 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Marion Bartoli survived a three-sets battle with Vania King Friday to reach the semifinals of the inaugural Monterrey Open.

Two Chinese players win in Mexico

MONTERREY, Mexico, March 4 (UPI) -- Li Na backed up her first-round upset Wednesday by downing Petra Cetkovska in the second round of the inaugural Monterrey Open.
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Li Na of China returns a shot to top seed Serena Williams in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on July 28, 2009. UPI/Terry Schmitt
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Li Na ( (traditional Chinese: 李訥; simplified Chinese: 李讷; pinyin: Lĭ Nà; born 1940), or Li Ne , is the daughter of Mao Zedong and his fourth wife Jiang Qing, and their only child together. Her surname is Li rather than Mao, because her father used the pseudonym "Li Desheng" (traditional Chinese: 李得勝; simplified Chinese: 李得胜) for a period of time during the Chinese Civil War.

The names of Li Na and her sister Li Min come from Book 4 of the Analects of Confucius: "ne yu yan er min yu xing" (讷于言而敏于行, meaning slow in speech and earnest in conduct).

Li Na was born in Yan'an in 1940. She graduated from Beijing University in 1966. After graduation, she worked in PLA Daily.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Li Na."
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