Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova Eye Glory in Li Na's Bastion

Stars are set to battle hard in Wuhan Open even as local favourite Li Na announced her shock retirement close to the start of the event.

updated: September 21, 2014 12:34 IST
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A Chinese man takes a photo of a wax figure of Serena Williams in Wuhan.


Wuhan: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will headline the inaugural Wuhan Open this week after Chinese icon and hometown hero Li Na announced her shock retirement on the eve of the tournament.

The pair are among the star-studded line-up for the $2.4 million event, which has been established on the back of the success of China's two-time Grand Slam winner. (Saddened by Li Na's exit, says Martina Hingis | 'I have no regrets')

The shadow of the tennis trailblazer has loomed large over the WTA Premier tournament since she stunned the sport by announcing her retirement through injury on Friday, but competition is certain to be intense with 19 of the top 20 players attending.

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