Li Na praised in China for pluck and persistence

The Henan Evening News praised Li, 30, for her performance as one of the older players in top-flight women's tennis, saying: "That (Li) is still full of competitiveness is itself a miracle".

updated: January 27, 2013 13:25 IST
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Melbourne: Chinese newspapers and Internet users on Sunday heaped praise on tennis star Li Na for her pluck and persistence despite her defeat in the women's final of the Australian Open.

Li lost a three-set match against Belarusian world number one Victoria Azarenka on Saturday. She suffered two dramatic falls during the match and later said one of them briefly knocked her unconscious.

But Li's "calm and comfortable reaction and bright smile left an even deeper impression on us" than her two falls, the Wuhan Evening News, published in her home city in central China, said following the match.

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