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Li Na almost retired due to criticism

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Li Na admits she considered to quit playing tennis before Wimbledon last year.

Li was reportedly having trouble off the court with the media and was receiving a lot of criticisms from national media as well as from China and she revealed it was a really tough time.

The fourth seed wanted to play at Wimbledon and see how it went before she decided if she wanted to retire, according to The Northern Echo.

Li said: "It wasn’t about how I hit the ball on the court – it was about so many things off the court.

"But I was really happy I did well in Wimbledon, so that’s why I’ve continued until now. Otherwise, I don’t know where I would have been now.’

‘‘It’s not about all the Chinese media. It’s some of them.

‘‘I could say something but what they would write down in the newspaper is totally wrong.

"They gave me a very tough time when I played the French Open, and it continued to Wimbledon.’’

The Chinese star had a consistent season last year and finished the year ranked third in the world. Li made it to the Australian Open final, Us Open semi-final and Wimbledon quarter final in 2013.

The tennis star has not won a Grand Slam since 2011 when she beat Francesca Schiavone in the French Open.

Currently Li Na is into the third round of the Australian Open after beating 16 year old Belinda Bencic from Sweden yesterday.

Li has faced two 16-year-olds in the first two rounds this year.

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