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Li Na: Higher rankings, more tournaments good sign for growth of tennis in Asia

Published on Mar 6, 2014 5:06 AM

The increase in the number of professional tennis tournaments in Asia, as well as new highs in world rankings for Asian players in both the singles and doubles on the WTA tour can only do good for the growth of the sport in this part of the world, says two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na.

The Australia Open champion's career-high ranking of No. 2 makes her the first Asian player to hold that spot, while compatriot Peng Shuai and her Taiwanese partner Hsieh Su-wei also hit new highs by becoming No. 1.

"This is good for Asia tennis," Li told The Straits Times in a phone interview early Thursday morning from Indian Wells in the United States where she is top seed in the BNP Paribas Open.

The 32-year-old two time Major winner is top of the leaderboard in the road to earning a spot at the year-end WTA Championships in Singapore, which takes place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from Oct 17-26.

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