China’s Li Na retires over knee injuries

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WUHAN, China: China’s Li Na announced her retirement at the age of 32 over persistent knee injuries on Friday, prompting a wave of adulation for Asia’s greatest and most influential tennis player. Li, the first Asian national to win a Grand Slam singles title, said “my body is begging me to stop the pounding” as she ended a career that brought her nine titles and introduced tennis to the masses in China. The announcement comes just seven months after Li lifted the Australian Open title, one of her career highlights following her historic French Open win of 2011.

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