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'Li Na factor' not enough for China to become tennis powerhouse: observers

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 05:50
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Much of the recent growth in popularity of tennis in China is attributable to Li Na, Asia's first Grand Slam singles champion who won two majors before she retired on the eve of last year's Wuhan Open.

Wuhan, China

LI Na's Grand Slam wins did miraculous things for tennis in China but a cultural shift away from central planning towards individual development is needed if the country is to emerge as a powerhouse, experts say.

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