The wit and wisdom of Li Na

Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:13am EDT
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(Reuters) - China's Li Na, the first Asian to win grand slam singles titles in tennis, announced her retirement from the sport on Friday. Known also for her wit, her wisdom and her pithy one-liners, below are a selection from her years on the tennis circuit, compiled by Simon Cambers of The Tennis Space

On her strong work ethic: "I think many young players don't know about working, they can get whatever they want. They think 'I need a phone, I need a computer.' The family just gives it to them. They don't need to do something to get it. After my father died, my mom had to take care of everything. It was tough for her. I learned a lot from her about working hard for everything."

On male Chinese players: "I think they're strong in the body, but not so strong in the mind. They have to believe in themselves more. Right now they think, 'Oh, my ranking is around 300, that's perfect'. But it's not perfect. I mean, 300 is nothing in the whole world. So they need to have high goals. The women are doing well but I hope one day the men can grow up as well. They are lazy."

On shopping with her husband's credit card: "With Chinese banks, if you use the credit card, they will send a text message, where you are, when, and how much you're using. If I use it, he will for sure know what I'm doing. He will call, 'Where are you?' I can use the credit card, but he's still totally in control."

On how people change after they are married: "My husband has changed since we got married and so have I. Before we were married, I would say to him, 'I'm going shopping' and he would say, 'Okay, fine'. Now, I say that I'm going shopping and he says. 'Why are you always going shopping?'"   Continued...

Li Na of China poses with her trophy near the Eiffel Tower in Paris after winning her women's final against Francesca Schiavone of Italy at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 4, 2011.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau