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Tennis: China's Li doubts she'll be at Rio 2016

Published on Jan 17, 2014 3:45 PM

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - China's No.1 tennis player Li Na has ruled herself out of playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 31-year-old said at the Australian Open on Friday.

Li, who narrowly missed out on a medal at her home Beijing Games in 2008 when she lost the bronze decider to Russia's Vera Zvonareva, crashed out in the first round at the 2012 London Games.

"I think it's time for younger players to have a chance at the Olympics," the world No.4 told reporters in Mandarin at Melbourne Park, after advancing to the fourth round with a hard-fought win over Czech Lucie Safarova.

"I don't think I'll be playing at the Olympics. As far as I'm concerned, the Olympics are too far away."

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