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Media problems led to retirement thoughts: Li Na

Melbourne, Australia: Li Na is known for her cheeky banter and light-hearted humor with the English-language media.   Her relationship with certain members of the Chinese media, though, is slightly more contentious -- and last year
India TV News Desk January 15, 2014 11:39 IST
India TV News Desk
Melbourne, Australia: Li Na is known for her cheeky banter and light-hearted humor with the English-language media.
   
Her relationship with certain members of the Chinese media, though, is slightly more contentious -- and last year may have contributed to her contemplating retirement.
   
On the eve of this year's Australian Open, the 31-year-old Chinese star revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper that she told her coach, Carlos Rodriguez, at Wimbledon last year that she wanted to retire following a disappointing second-round loss at the French Open and a tough defeat at a Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Eastbourne.
   
Li explained Wednesday after her second-round win at Melbourne Park that the reason had less to do with her tennis, however, and more to do with "so many things off the court."
   
Like celebrities everywhere, she was feeling down because of things written by critics.
   
She said they gave her a "very tough time" when she played the French Open, and it continued to Wimbledon.