Li Na to retire?
Asia's top tennis star Li Na is set to retire, according to an employee of her agent company.
The two-time Grand Slam winner's future had been pulled into doubt in recent weeks after knee injuries forced the 32-year-old to pull out from the US Open and other hard-court tournaments.
Xinhua reported that an agent, who requested to remain anonymous, from Li's agent company IMG said that the China star will break the news later today (Sept 19).
"Li Na will break the news via Sina Weibo on Friday morning and will meet reporters on Sept 21 (Sunday) in Beijing," said the agent.
Li became a regional superstar after she won the French Open in 2011, earning the honour of becoming the first Asian national to clinch a Grand Slam singles title.
While she came close to retirement last year following a poor run of form, the current world No. 6 changed her mind and went on to land a second Grand Slam by claiming this year's Australian Open. The win propelled her to a career high world No. 2 ranking.
Prior to the latest development, Li had been scheduled to make a return in her home city at the inaugural WTA Wuhan Open on Sunday.
Sources: Xinhua, AFP