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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 09:37 PM   #1
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Na Li calls for the Australian Open to be moved to Shanghai

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...010361,00.html

Call to move Open to Shanghai

January 20, 2008

CHINESE No1 Li Na called for the Australian Open to be moved to Shanghai , saying the city's climate was better for tennis than Melbourne.
Li backed the prospect of shifting the season-opening Grand Slam, which has been played in Australia since 1905, after losing to Polish qualifier Marta Domachowska 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the third round of this year's tournament.

“I'd like it in Shanghai,” the tournament 24th seed said.

“It would be only and hour-and-a-half (flight) from my hometown (Wuhan).

“Also the weather for us is tough, it's so hot in Australia. It wasn't too bad this year but last year it was tough.

“In China at this time of year it's colder, better weather for tennis.”


Defending Australian Open champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams have opposed any move to switch the tournament's venue,

Federer, who has won three of his 12 Grand Slam trophies in Melbourne, said Australia's rich history in hosting a tennis major since 1905 should be respected, rather than rotate it to Asia-Pacific nations like China or Japan.

The 2007 Australian Open drew record crowds of 554,858 and has topped a half-million fans for the fortnight since 2000.

Li, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 2006, was philosophical about her Australian Open exit, saying she was satisfied with her performance at the tournament.

She won an Open lead-up tournament on Australia's Gold Coast and was hoping to replicate her good form throughout the year.

“It's been good, I've only lost once this year.”

On the loss to Domachowska, she joked: “It's OK, it gives me more time to go shopping.”
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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Re: Na Li calls for the Australian Open to be moved to Shanghai

that's retarded, I like Na and all but she's just saying it because it suits her better.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 09:43 PM   #3
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I am a huge Li Na fan, but that's the dumbest thing I've heard in a while. Who wants to bet the CTF pressured her into saying that?
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 09:43 PM   #4
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I can't see it moving anytime soon, especially now with the new surfaces and all.
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I am a huge Li Na fan, but that's the dumbest thing I've heard in a while. Who wants to bet the CTF pressured her into saying that?
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shut the fuck up.
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Re: Na Li calls for the Australian Open to be moved to Shanghai

That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. It's the Australian Open.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 09:45 PM   #8
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Re: Na Li calls for the Australian Open to be moved to Shanghai

Na Li, please read some books on tennis history.

China thinks it owns the sport because it has a few women in the Top 50-100.
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Na is off her rocker
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Re: Na Li calls for the Australian Open to be moved to Shanghai

What a moronic thing to even mention - this slam belongs in Melbourne forever.
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Re: Na Li calls for the Australian Open to be moved to Shanghai

If we moved the Australian Open to Shanghai Na Li would have still lost to Marta.

She can be really annoying.
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Re: Na Li calls for the Australian Open to be moved to Shanghai

yeah, uhh...good luck with that.

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Re: Na Li calls for the Australian Open to be moved to Shanghai

arent their air quality problems in shanghai? so how is the "climate" better....
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Re: Na Li calls for the Australian Open to be moved to Shanghai

At Wimbledon, every year it rains all the time ... so to which other country should Wimbledon be moved ?

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I guess then it would really be The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific.
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