Does someone have a picture of her? Is she bigger than... pretty much all Asian players? I think that's the one thing that really hinders the majority of Asian women on the tour; their small stature. Sure, every once in a while you'll get a Date or a Sugiyama. But, even then, they have to grind it out in 28 tournaments a year to get into the top 15 when bigger, stronger girls get to #1 with 13 tournaments. All of the Chinese players that have emerged recently are all teeny, tiny. (Again, just to be fair, stature really hasn't bothered Henin-Hardenne all that much. So there are exceptions to the rule.) The only advantage smaller players have is that they are usually good scramblers. But, a big, consistent hitter can usually just blast them right off the court.
But, just look at the men's side. The only significant male player from Asia (meaning one that can reach the top ten and conceivably challenge for a grand slam title) is Srichaphan. And, he's just as big as all the other big hitters on the tour. There's only FIVE Asian men in the top 200 of the rankings - Srichaphan at #22 (down from the top ten), Hyung-Taik Lee (who is also very strongly built and tall) at #65, Yen-Hsun Lu at #139 and then Dani Udomchoke and Yeu-Tzuoo Wang who are tied at #190.
There are tons more Asian women in the top 200 because size is less of a factor when you talk about everything but the tip-top echelon of the game/rankings. But, to get into that ELITE group, you just have to be bigger and stronger than 99% of the world. And, ethnically, Asians are generally at a disadvantage when it comes to height and muscularity.
So, to recap, Na Li needs to be either Justine Henin-Hardene, II or she needs to be just as big as Mauresmo, Davenport, Serena, Venus, Petrova, Kuznetsova and the other girls at the TOP of the game.
Last edited by Savior; Sep 25th, 2004 at 01:51 PM.