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Why is Li Na not playing WTA level events?

Here is a girl whose 2004 record currently stands at 31-1 She is on a collision course with top seed and fellow countrywoman Zheng in this week's Beijing $25,000 but I do not see her even entered in the qualifying at next week's Beijing event or the Guangzhou event the week after.

Does anybody know why Li Na is sticking to the Challenger level? It seems like a huge waste of potential


2004 Records:
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BEIJING See all BEIJING Results for LIITF, CHINA, May 23, 2004, $25,000, HARD (O)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: /Q
RndOpponentRankW/LScore

Q-R32 (3) LIU, WEI-JUAN CHN683W6-0 6-1
Q-R16 SHI, YUAN-YUAN CHNW6-1 6-2
R32 (Q) NA, WEI CHNW6-0 6-3
R16 (3) PIEDADE, FREDERICA POR250W6-0 6-4
Q HAO, JIE CHN605W7-5 6-0
S (1) MOUHTASSINE, BAHIA MAR182W6-1 6-0
F (4) OKAMOTO, SEIKO JPN286W6-4 6-4
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 30


TONGLIAO See all TONGLIAO Results for LIITF, CHINA, May 30, 2004, $25,000, HARD (O)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: DA
RndOpponentRankW/LScore

R32 KO, BEIER CAN333W6-1 6-7(1) 6-3
R16 (W) FALCON, MEGAN USA439W6-2 6-1
Q (7) SENOGLU, IPEK TUR322W6-2 6-2
S (2) LAZARCHUK, OLHA UKR229W6-7(4) 6-4 6-1
F (1) MOUHTASSINE, BAHIA MAR168W6-4 2-6 7-6(5)
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 32

WULANHAOTE See all WULANHAOTE Results for LIITF, CHINA, June 6, 2004, $25,000, HARD (O)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: DA
RndOpponentRankW/LScore

R32 (W) GAO, QUAN CHN526W6-2 6-2
R16 (4) OKAMOTO, SEIKO JPN283W6-2 6-1
Q (W) DU, RUI CHN778W6-2 6-1
S (2) LAZARCHUK, OLHA UKR229W7-6(1) 6-1
F (9) LIU, NAN-NAN CHN330W6-0 6-0
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 29

BEIJING See all BEIJING Results for LIITF, CHINA, June 13, 2004, $50,000, HARD (I)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 9999, Seed/Entry: W
RndOpponentRankW/LScore

R32 (L) YUAN, MENG CHN471W6-4 6-1
R16 CHUANG, CHIA-JUNG TPE302W6-1 6-0
Q YONEMURA, TOMOKO JPN362W6-2 6-1
S LIU, NAN-NAN CHN315W7-5 6-3
F (2) VIRATPRASERT, SUCHANAN THA194W6-2 6-4
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 41

BRONX See all BRONX Results for LIITF, USA, NY, August 22, 2004, $50,000, HARD (O)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 219, Seed/Entry: 6/Q
RndOpponentRankW/LScore

Q-R32 COCHRAN, TANNER USA330W6-0 6-2
Q-R16 DELLACQUA, CASEY AUS269W6-1 6-1
Q-Q (1) NAKAMURA, AIKO JPN166W6-2 6-2
R32 VIRATPRASERT, SUCHANAN THA175W6-1 6-4
R16 (Q) BACHMANN, ANGELIKA GER248W6-0 6-2
Q (4) NEMECKOVA, LENKA CZE127W6-3 4-6 7-6(1)
S (5) LINETSKAYA, EUGENIA RUS130L6-2 6-0
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 26


Current Tournament: Beijing $25,000

R32: NA LI (CHN) d. YUAN Meng (CHN) 62 60
R16: NA LI (CHN) def AYAMI TAKASE (JPN) 62 60
QF: NA LI (CHN) def SUNITHA RAO (USA) 60 61

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I don't understand either

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Rao (JPN) ?!?

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Oops ... Sunitha is not Japanese ... Have corrected it
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I don't understand either



Rao (JPN) ?!?
Rao (USA)*
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Didnt she play USOPEN Qualies???

She was not that impressive there if I remember corrrectly.

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Yes I knew that I just pointed out that it was wrong

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Didnt she play USOPEN Qualies???

She was not that impressive there if I remember corrrectly.
Nope. Can't find her in it. Nan Nan Liu did and lost to Paola Suarez

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Perhaps her ranking was not high enough at the time of the entry list cutoff. She really just resumed her career in May, and it takes three tournaments to get a ranking. Maybe she'll get a wildcard for Beijing. In any case, she'll make it to the WTA level in due time, assuming she keeps posting great results.
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She gets the WC in AO'05.

Watch out for her.



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These results are good but not really WTA level. She will need to take it to another notch if she wants to compete with the big girls.
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Look at the scores. She basically destroyed most of her opponents.



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These results are good but not really WTA level. She will need to take it to another notch if she wants to compete with the big girls.
When she's only lost one match, how can you really tell?

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She gets the WC in AO'05.

Watch out for her.
Do we know for sure that she will get WC into AO 2005?
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Do we know for sure that she will get WC into AO 2005?
Yes, she is the winner of the 2004 Asian Championships

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It will be good to see a Chinese woman at the top. Let's hope she makes it there

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