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Li asks China to let athletes choose their own path

Give young right to choose: Li

By Yu Yilei (China Daily)

Updated: 2009-04-15 08:04

China's tennis ace and former Wimbledon quarterfinalist Li Na has called on national sports administrators to give young players more "right to choose".

"Just give them the right to choose," Li told China Daily before traveling to Germany to prepare for China's Fed Cup tie and the ensuing clay-court season.

"If I had an opportunity to choose what I wanted to do in childhood, I wouldn't go for tennis. It is a sport that I was always pushed to do, first by my parents, then provincial and national sports administrators."

Li, together with Wimbledon semifinalist Zheng Jie, Zheng's Grand Slam doubles title winning partner Yan Zi and Peng Shuai, became the only four Chinese tennis players to leave the state-supported system at the end of last year.

The quartet all appreciated the privilege to become self-managed athletes still under the national flag.

Since then, Li and Zheng have enjoyed a shining success.

The 27-year-old Li, coming back from a knee injury, lifted herself from outside the top 50 to currently sit at 31 in the world rankings, while Zheng, 26, has just equaled Li's record as the highest ranked Chinese player, coming in 16 in the newly-released Sony Ecrisson WTA Tour standings.

Peng also shot up the rankings to 35, only four spots lower than her personal best in August 2005.

Yan is the only one of the four who has failed to improve.

In a stark contrast, she has hit a new low, dropping out of the top 200.

The outspoken Li spoke frankly about her preference for going solo, a rare occurrence for Chinese athletes, although she admitted facing more "life pressure than before", having to pay all expenses formerly picked up by the State.

"I love what it is right now. In the past, national or the provincial sports administrators arranged everything for you and you have no options but to follow their arrangements," said the Wuhan native.

The traditional sports training system in China, often overbearing and rigid, has helped the nation achieve many sporting miracles, such as most gold medals at the Beijing Olympics last August, but effectively held back several highly professional sports, tennis and basketball among them.

Apart from the above quartet, the rest of China's tennis camp still competes in obscurity. In the current rankings, only two Chinese finished within the top 200 and three within the top 300. Reigning Chinese champion Liang Chen ranked even lower, at 349.

"It is very important for us to have the right to choose," Li said. "I really mean it.

Jiang Shan, Li's husband, coach and also a member of the national men's team, echoed Li's view.

"It's nice for them to have other options rather than walking one way till the end," Jiang said.

Li will play for China in the Fed Cup world group playoff against Germany on April 25 and 26 after her knee is examined by her German doctors and athletic trainers.

The lingering injury has become a nightmare, sidelining her for a couple of months ahead of the all-important Olympics and then again two months earlier this year.

"All you need is a healthy body," Li said. "Only if I am 100 percent healthy can I fully concentrate on my game."

Li now sees her doctor every 10 days while competing regularly on tour.

When unable to meet medical specialists, she seeks their advice by mobile text messages.

"I haven't seen my doctor for six weeks and I am a little bit concerned with my knee," she said, after finishing the hard-court season in the first half of the year.

Li has always been viewed as a potential big winner on tour after previously defeating Serena and Venus Williams.

But the injury-plagued player says she is unclear about how far she can go.

"I haven't played a complete season for the past three seasons," she said. I dare not dream due to the injury."
(China Daily 04/15/2009 page23)
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"If I had an opportunity to choose what I wanted to do in childhood, I wouldn't go for tennis. It is a sport that I was always pushed to do, first by my parents, then provincial and national sports administrators."

Nice to see her love for tennis

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Re: Li asks China to let athletes choose their own path

You can tell she doesn't really like what she does

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we have a post about this on our site also..

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Re: Li asks China to let athletes choose their own path

Oh great, here comes another injury.

But hopefully China gets the message.

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Re: Li asks China to let athletes choose their own path

These words are very common for me,but why they seem so huge for foreigners?

I was also pushed by my parent to study very hard when I was a little kid to get enrolled by the best universities and then could have a better chance to get a decent job.I am also always talking about this, this is not a complaint,it's the real situation in China.If I could choose maybe I would choose tennis,table tennis or badminton when I was yong,but I couldn't,my family couldn't afford these.Li Na is luckier than the majority of chinese kids,it's not a new thing for me since everyone here would say this.
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Re: Li asks China to let athletes choose their own path

Maybe another journalist can write a report named:"Lin Lin asks china to let kids choose their own way",because Lin Lin didn't want to go university and major in technology, Lin Lin wanted to be a tennis player when he was yong
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Her words are very hard

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Hope China can get the message from Lin Lin
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Re: Li asks China to let athletes choose their own path

Education is more important Lin Lin.
You'll realize it later!

For 1 successful Na Li there are thousands of failing kids in tennis and other sports

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Re: Li asks China to let athletes choose their own path

I guess it's hard for Westerners to understand Chinese attitudes.

But Na Li is unlikely to win a slam or get to the top ten if she doesn't really love the game.

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I guess it's hard for Westerners to understand Chinese attitudes.

But Na Li is unlikely to win a slam or get to the top ten if she doesn't really love the game.
she never said she hated it, stop being so hard on her, but its hard to love it if people made the decisions for you..

Good luck to the Aussie and Balkan girls!
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I can agree with her, China needs to stop dictating their people.
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I love Li Na. She's so ... refreshing.

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Re: Li asks China to let athletes choose their own path

Why complain about Westerners? This article is written by a Chinese, published in a Chinese journal, and contains quotes only by Chinese.

The message here is that what has been done in terms of athletics by Chinese, for Chinese, is not entirely right even at the highest levels of success. When a top athlete steps up and makes statements about it, how about an open-minded listen and reassessment. What's so difficult about that?

Na will one day be looked back upon as a brave woman leader, doing her best in difficult circumstances.
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