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Tennis: Li Na to serve as ambassador for WTA Finals Singapore

Li Na will be an Official Ambassador for the first two editions of the WTA Finals in Singapore. Photo: AFP.

Li Na will be an Official Ambassador for the 2014 and 2015 editions of the WTA Finals in Singapore. Photo: AFP.

September 30, 2014: Li Na will be an official ambassador of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore in 2014 and 2015, the WTA announced, just 11 days after the Chinese star announced her retirement from the game.

 

Li’s new role was announced on the same day as 22-year-old compatriot Wang Qiang won the Asian Games singles title, a crowning achievement for one of several youngsters looking to follow in Li’s footsteps.

 

Since announcing her retirement due to the long-term effects of knee injuries on September 19, Li has transitioned from Asia’s highest-ranked player – peaking at No. 2 earlier this year – to a WTA Legend and will join Billie Jean King and Chris Evert as ambassadors in Singapore. The WTA Finals will also stage a WTA Legends double event featuring Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Marion Bartoli and Iva Majoli.

 

Li, 32, will meet with spectators at the free Fan Fest on Sunday afternoon, October 19. On the Monday, the two-time Grand Slam champion will meet participants in the inaugural WTA Future Stars U14 and U16 junior girls event and participate in the event’s opening ceremony in the evening.

 

Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA, said: “We are excited to announce Li Na’s role as an Official Ambassador for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, the first time in the event’s 44-year history it will be staged in Asia-Pacific.

 

“This will be a great opportunity for the fans from around the world over to get close to a tennis legend who has inspired a nation and done so much for the game in Asia Pacific. She has inspired a generation of young girls throughout Asia-Pacific with hopes that, they too, can achieve the dream of playing in the WTA Finals.”

 

Li reached 21 WTA singles finals, highlighted by two Grand Slam titles at 2011 Roland Garros and this year’s Australian Open, as well as semi-finals at the US Open and quarterfinals at Wimbledon. (For more career details, read: sport-asia.com/tennis-wtas-allaster-leads-praise-for-li-na-after-chinese-star-retires/)

 

The 2014 WTA Finals will feature the eight singles players competing in a round-robin event and eight doubles teams competing in a single-elimination draw.

 

For more information, visit: www.WTAFinals.com. For tickets, visit: wtafinals.sportshubtix.sg.

 

Source: WTA (www.wtatennis.com); Editing by SportAsia

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