Tennis: Li Na announces she has given birth to a daughter called Alisa

Former tennis player Li Na poses for photographs with her award at the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards, in Shanghai on April 15, 2015. Retired Chinese tennis star Li Na announced on Wednesday, June 3, that she and her husband have a newborn dau
Former tennis player Li Na poses for photographs with her award at the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards, in Shanghai on April 15, 2015. Retired Chinese tennis star Li Na announced on Wednesday, June 3, that she and her husband have a newborn daughter named Alisa. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Retired Chinese tennis star Li Na, who is credited with introducing the game to the country's masses, announced on Wednesday that she and her husband have a newborn daughter.

"Jiang Shan and I would like to introduce our Alisa to my lovely 'Na fans'," the 33-year-old wrote in an early morning posting to China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo.

"We are happy and we love her very much," she said, though she did not specify when she was born.

A picture of a red baby footprint was attached under the message.

The announcement attracted more than 15,000 comments and was reposted over 21,000 times in less than five hours, with web users expressing their congratulations and best wishes.

Li announced her pregnancy in January in front of 15,000 cheering fans at the Australian Open, where she was a guest of honour, saying she has long wanted a child and to be a stay-at-home mum.