'Sad Day' for Tennis, Says Martina Hingis on Li Na's exit

Martina Hingis said it was "sad" because the next WTA tournament was to be played in Li Na's hometown of Wuhan next week, immediately followed by the big-money China Open in Beijing.

updated: September 19, 2014 16:28 IST
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Tokyo: Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis said on Friday that Li Na's retirement was a loss to world tennis, crediting the Chinese star with raising the game's profile in her home country.

"It's a sad day for Chinese tennis and for the global sport in general," Hingis, who won the five singles and nine doubles Grand Slam titles, said in Tokyo after hearing about Li's decision during the WTA Pan Pacific Open.

"I have good memories playing her," said the 33-year-old. Hingis beat Li in the 2007 Australian Open fourth round.

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