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Na Li won her first WTA title in Guangzhou Open, 2004
 
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Guangzhou Open---Sept.27-Oct.3 2004


Drawing ceremony, Li Na wasn't there. She rejoined national team in December after she had made her mark by becoming the first Chinese woman to win a WTA singles title.


Li vs Yankovic, 2nd ruond, Sept.29, (can hardly find a pic for the 1st round and qualifying rounds)







"After US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was stretched to three sets at the second round of Beijing Open by the little-known qualifier Li Na, many thought the Chinese player will make some noise in the future.
Well, it didnt take long for that noise to be heard from the 22-year-old as Li won her first WTA tour title the following week at the Guangzhou Open and takes home honors as this week's WTATour.com Player of the Week."


We can see the rainbow only after the storm.
不经历风雨, 怎能见彩虹?


 

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DOHA, QATAR, February 22, 2005



After winning three qualifying rounds, Li Na met Patty Schnyder and lost a close three-set match 7-5 3-6 7-5
 

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Li Na vs Ai Sugiyama 1-6/7-6/6-2, great comeback!


But she lost to Patty again in close sets the second round.
 

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FED CUP 2005, Asia-Oceania Group I
From left: Li Ting, Sun TianTian, Zheng Jie, Li Na, Yan Zi
 

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April 21,2005, Fed Cup, China vs Singapore
 

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Na Li won her first WTA title in Guangzhou Open, 2004
Wow, is that a smile, Na? :lol:
 

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FEB CUP 2005
From left: Li Ting, Sun TianTian, Zheng Jie, Li Na, Yan Zi
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Smiley TianTian getting in on the photo :D
 

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Fed Cup Asia-Oceania Group I match, 22 April 2005
China vs India



Li Na beat India's Shikha Uberoi 6-1,6-2 putting China in the final of Fed Cup Asia-Oceania Group I
 

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Estoril Open, April 30, 2005







Li Na beat Safina 6:1 6:1 and went to Final. ;)
Reaching career high top33, Li Na broke China's record of top 36 maintained 6 years by her compatriot Li Fang. :cool:
 

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Wow, is that a smile, Na? :lol:
That IS a smile:D It took me quite some time to decide this photo,the other two looks serious and another one with a forced smile It's not easy for her to win the title after 2 years of absence from tournaments with zero ranking.
CTA didnt give her WC for China open and Guangzhou Open, bcs she was not a member of the National Team then, had to play from qualifier :sad: :(
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Below is a pic of Na at 19 years old, how sweet she smiles :D

Na won three titles for the World Students Game, single, double and mixed double in 2001. Also, she won three titles in the National Game that year, sinlge, double and team, but early next year she retired. :sad: :tape:
 

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May 07, Estoril Open, Na finally got a plate! Absolutely that was not a smile





One week before French Open, Li Na injured her ankle in Robat.:sad: The doctor suggested that she should rest up for at least 6 weeks. Thus she could not play French Open, Wimbledon...:sad: Since then the next half of 2005 nearly finished because of injuries and troubles with CTA...:sad:

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Li Na was picked out by Roland Garros organizers as one of the 10 burgeoning stars


Na Li: China’s tennis awakening

"Now aged 23, Li has left her tennis breakthrough late, having endured numerous fruitless seasons due to injury. Last October, she became the first Chinese player in history to win on the WTA circuit, after coming through the qualifiers in front of her home crowd at Guangzhou. A finalist on clay at Estoril this season, she will be watched closely in Paris, as will several of her compatriots who are following the path she has forged into the world of professional tennis."
 

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Fed Cup, World Group2 playoff, China vs Slovenia--------July 10, 2005,




Since Peng did not come back, Li Na had to play Fed Cup again after two months of rest due to injuries.




 

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TORANTO SERIES




Eventually, she had to retire again :sad:
 

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Before US Open, Nike promotion activity (with Ting/TianTian)
 

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Tuesday Aug. 30, 2005, US Open







By US Open Na got recovered if not fully, but she encountered World no.1, Lindsay, the 1st round.
Na put on a good fight and lost with a close scoreline, 4:6 4:6!! Lindsay my fave player, a respectful person ;)
 
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Sept.20, 2005, China Open


Na led the last two sets but ended up 6-4 6-7(4) 5-7. Match was suspended several times by rain and lasted 4 hours)

This 1st round exit made her very disappointed! She denied that rain, injury and home crowd could possibly be the reasons for the loss, but expressed her dissatisfaction that she was the only one without a formal coach since comeback to National Team. The coaching was holding her back with everybody following the same training plan which was aimless! (It's true and proved by jie in her interview.) She felt hopeless having no special plan for her since injured (May-Sept)...
Being the 1st one again to defy authority, she certainly received overwhelming pressure from all sidedness...
 

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Looking back on China Open last year Sept.20-26 2004...





She played from qualifying rounds. Wild Cards were provided to her compatriots since she was not in National Team then, :sad:

Main Draw 1st round, Li vs Nicole Pratt




2nd round, Li vs Kuznetsova




Li Na came close to notching up her best-ever career win, but fell just short!
Holding a match point two times at 5-3 in the third set :fiery:

Kuznetsova took it 6-3 6-7(6) 7-6(3)! The year USO champion said she felt playing with a top5...

Na did not complain but gave herself a score of 95 poinets for her performance :)
 

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VERY NICE job with this thread!!
 
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