Melbourne: Australian Open champion Li Na paid tribute to her coach Carlos Rodriguez after she came through a slump and even considered retirement before winning her second Grand Slam title. (Read)
Li hired Rodriguez, the former mentor of multiple Grand Slam champion Justine Henin, in mid-2012 after conflicts with her previous coach -- husband Jiang Shan.
The Chinese star has credited him with saving her marriage and helping resurrect her game after she lost her way following her 2011 French Open victory, when the distractions of sponsors and media affected her form. (Will win a Grand Slam some day: Cibulkova)