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pierce0415
Sep 16th, 2004, 02:35 PM
Here is a girl whose 2004 record currently stands at 31-1 :worship: 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. :shrug:

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


2004 Records:
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BEIJING See all BEIJING Results for LI (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp?PlayerID=120330&TournamentID=835)ITF, CHINA, May 23, 2004, $25,000, HARD (O)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: /Q
RndOpponentRankW/LScore

Q-R32http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=120368) (3) LIU, WEI-JUAN CHN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=120368)683W6-0 6-1
Q-R16http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=311938) SHI, YUAN-YUAN CHN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=311938)W6-1 6-2
R32http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=140222) (Q) NA, WEI CHN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=140222)W6-0 6-3
R16http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=160416) (3) PIEDADE, FREDERICA POR (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=160416)250W6-0 6-4
Qhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=80430) HAO, JIE CHN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=80430)605W7-5 6-0
Shttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=130485) (1) MOUHTASSINE, BAHIA MAR (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=130485)182W6-1 6-0
Fhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=150145) (4) OKAMOTO, SEIKO JPN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=150145)286W6-4 6-4
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 30 http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif


TONGLIAO See all TONGLIAO Results for LI (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp?PlayerID=120330&TournamentID=2206)ITF, CHINA, May 30, 2004, $25,000, HARD (O)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: DA
RndOpponentRankW/LScore

R32http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=310256) KO, BEIER CAN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=310256)333W6-1 6-7(1) 6-3
R16http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=310619) (W) FALCON, MEGAN USA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=310619)439W6-2 6-1
Qhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=190578) (7) SENOGLU, IPEK TUR (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=190578)322W6-2 6-2
Shttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=120332) (2) LAZARCHUK, OLHA UKR (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=120332)229W6-7(4) 6-4 6-1
Fhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=130485) (1) MOUHTASSINE, BAHIA MAR (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=130485)168W6-4 2-6 7-6(5)
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 32 http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif

WULANHAOTE See all WULANHAOTE Results for LI (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp?PlayerID=120330&TournamentID=2316)ITF, CHINA, June 6, 2004, $25,000, HARD (O)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 0, Seed/Entry: DA
RndOpponentRankW/LScore

R32http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=310073) (W) GAO, QUAN CHN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=310073)526W6-2 6-2
R16http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=150145) (4) OKAMOTO, SEIKO JPN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=150145)283W6-2 6-1
Qhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=310321) (W) DU, RUI CHN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=310321)778W6-2 6-1
Shttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=120332) (2) LAZARCHUK, OLHA UKR (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=120332)229W7-6(1) 6-1
Fhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=120392) (9) LIU, NAN-NAN CHN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=120392)330W6-0 6-0
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 29 http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif

BEIJING See all BEIJING Results for LI (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp?PlayerID=120330&TournamentID=739)ITF, CHINA, June 13, 2004, $50,000, HARD (I)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 9999, Seed/Entry: W
RndOpponentRankW/LScore

R32http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=310803) (L) YUAN, MENG CHN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=310803)471W6-4 6-1
R16http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=310084) CHUANG, CHIA-JUNG TPE (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=310084)302W6-1 6-0
Qhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=250081) YONEMURA, TOMOKO JPN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=250081)362W6-2 6-1
Shttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=120392) LIU, NAN-NAN CHN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=120392)315W7-5 6-3
Fhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=220229) (2) VIRATPRASERT, SUCHANAN THA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=220229)194W6-2 6-4
WTA Championship Pts: 0 WTA Ranking Pts.: 41 http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/space.gif

BRONX See all BRONX Results for LI (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp?PlayerID=120330&TournamentID=238)ITF, USA, NY, August 22, 2004, $50,000, HARD (O)
Draw: 32M/32Q/16D, Rank: 219, Seed/Entry: 6/Q
RndOpponentRankW/LScore

Q-R32http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=30516) COCHRAN, TANNER USA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=30516)330W6-0 6-2
Q-R16http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=310730) DELLACQUA, CASEY AUS (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=310730)269W6-1 6-1
Q-Qhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=140219) (1) NAKAMURA, AIKO JPN (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=140219)166W6-2 6-2
R32http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=220229) VIRATPRASERT, SUCHANAN THA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=220229)175W6-1 6-4
R16http://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=20473) (Q) BACHMANN, ANGELIKA GER (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=20473)248W6-0 6-2
Qhttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=140117) (4) NEMECKOVA, LENKA CZE (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=140117)127W6-3 4-6 7-6(1)
Shttp://www.wtatour.com/global/graphics/h2h.gif (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=120330&Player1ID=310332) (5) LINETSKAYA, EUGENIA RUS (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?PlayerID=310332)130L6-2 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

CooCooCachoo
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:49 PM
I don't understand either :)

QF: NA LI (CHN) def SUNITHA RAO (JPN) 60 61

Rao (JPN) ?!?

pierce0415
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:50 PM
Oops ... Sunitha is not Japanese ... Have corrected it

WhatTheDeuce
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:50 PM
I don't understand either :)



Rao (JPN) ?!?
Rao (USA)*

crazillo
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:50 PM
Didnt she play USOPEN Qualies???

She was not that impressive there if I remember corrrectly.

CooCooCachoo
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:51 PM
Rao (USA)*

Yes I knew that :p I just pointed out that it was wrong ;)

CooCooCachoo
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:52 PM
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 :)

Jem
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:53 PM
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.

Harju.
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:56 PM
She gets the WC in AO'05.

Watch out for her.

Kutuzova
Sep 16th, 2004, 05:56 PM
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.

Harju.
Sep 16th, 2004, 06:10 PM
Look at the scores. She basically destroyed most of her opponents.

ZAK
Sep 16th, 2004, 06:10 PM
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?

pierce0415
Sep 16th, 2004, 06:13 PM
She gets the WC in AO'05.

Watch out for her.

Do we know for sure that she will get WC into AO 2005?

ZAK
Sep 16th, 2004, 06:15 PM
Do we know for sure that she will get WC into AO 2005?
Yes, she is the winner of the 2004 Asian Championships

CooCooCachoo
Sep 16th, 2004, 06:18 PM
:clap2: :) It will be good to see a Chinese woman at the top. Let's hope she makes it there :)

Fantastic
Sep 17th, 2004, 02:54 PM
"Gnarly" Na Li is a wildcard entry into Beijing qualifying.

brunof
Sep 17th, 2004, 03:16 PM
Again, I am thrilled she has come out of retirement. I hope she is at peace with everything in her life right now and can focus fully on tennis. :bounce:

Experimentee
Sep 17th, 2004, 03:28 PM
She probably hasnt because her ranking was too low to get into big events. However her ranking was high enough to get into the US Open but she still didnt. Its seems like such a waste that she went all the way to the US only to play Bronx but not the US Open :rolleyes:

I didnt know she'd won the Asian Championships. I didnt even know they were on. I must have missed it :o

crazillo
Sep 17th, 2004, 04:03 PM
Let's wait hoe well she competes against Jie Zheng in this 25 k final and then in Beijing. Let's wait....

Slumpsova
Sep 18th, 2004, 08:43 AM
watch out Russian! Chinese is coming!

Kutuzova
Sep 18th, 2004, 12:43 PM
Zheng def. Li 6-4 6-4, and the way Jie has been playing as of late, that is not that impressive

Vut
Sep 18th, 2004, 03:01 PM
:eek: Win-Lost .... 31-2

pcrtennis
Sep 18th, 2004, 04:29 PM
Na Li was up 4-2 in the first set and 3-0 in the second, she could never close it out in either. The score of 6-4, 6-4 is very deceiving.

faboozadoo15
Sep 18th, 2004, 05:18 PM
how old is she?
that's a really impressive record, and she destroys most of her opponents... to say she wouldn't benefit (make more money) on the tour looks a little ridiculous. winning a round or 2 in a somewhat big tournament can get you way more than winning a 25K. plus, her game would improve.