Ex-Grand Slam winner Li Na still a star despite retirement

Wuhan (China), Sep 21 (IANS) Chinese superstar Li Na will take part in a series of activities held in her home city of Wuhan during the 2015 Wuhan Open to promote the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Premier 5 event and tennis culture, organisers have announced.

Roughly a year on from her formal farewell to tennis, two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na will appear at the Wuhan Optics Valley International Tennis Center for the official unveiling of a new 15,000-seat stadium, the organisers said late on Sunday, reports Xinhua.

The stadium, whose construction costs exceed one billion yuan ($156 million), is the biggest of its kind in Asia and will serve as the central court for this year’s Wuhan Open tournament.

The next day, the 33-year-old will play tennis with other international stars in front of Wuhan’s Yellow Crane Tower, a historical landmark overlooking the Yangtze River, in a bid to promote her home city, the organisers said.

Eight of the world’s top 10 women tennis players have confirmed to compete at the Wuhan Open, including defending champion Petra Kvitova.

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