Li Na: My Goal is to Be No. 1 in the World

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After winning her second major championship in January, Chinese star Li Na has made her intentions clear: to become the No. 1 ranked female on the tour and to win more Grand Slams in the process.

“I want to be number one in the world,” she told reporters at Hong Kong, ahead of an exhibition match for World Tennis Day. “It’s a goal, the dream for all athletes. I will try as hard as I can. There’s no timing.”

Li arrived at No. 2 in the rankings for the first time several weeks ago, but is still significantly behind Serena Williams at No. 1. Li has 6,795 ranking points, while Williams has 12,660 points.

The 32-year-old also admit that she received no proper guidance following her victory at the 2011 French Open, where she became the first Chinese Grand Slam winner in the history of the sport. She was incapable of setting goals beyond that victory, an error she rectified this time around thanks to her new coach Carlos Rodriguez.

“After I won the French Open I didn’t have any experience and also nobody told me what I should do next,” she said. “This time it’s different. I’m working with Carlos and he has a lot of experience. He told me before what I should do.”

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