Re: Li Na and Mary Pierce enter the Tennis Hall of Fame
Seems like a pretty weak trio of inductees imo, 2 slams surely not enough to warrant a hall of famer spot? unless they're fattening it out by taking doubles into consideration. Neither of the girls were ever Number 1 and in Li Na's case, only won 9 tournaments, doesn't even work out to 1 tournament a year, maybe a token gesture to help promote Asian tennis? It does seem though like 2 is the minimum requirement as Mauresmo was inducted a while ago.
Kafelnikov you could argue, Kafelinkov was Number 1 but only for 6 weeks, won the singles Gold medal, but not a single Masters title, considering there's 9 of them a year that's not a good record.
It's funny how the International Hall of Fame is located in Newport famous for it's grass courts, yet all 3 were pretty weak on Grass, Wimbledon being the blue ribboned event for the sport, best they could all do was a Quarter Final.
If this is the criteria, and I liked Li Na btw, then in future the likes of, Kvitova, Kerber, Kuznetsova, Azarenka will be included, though obviously atm they could win more, with the likes of Cilic, Stephens, Osaka, Halep, Ostapenko, Stosur and Wozniacki just 1 slam win away from joining the club.
Personally I think you really have to leave your mark on the sport to be included on such a list, don't really think they left a big enough one imo.