Maria Sharapova Leads Tributes as Li Na Says Goodbye

Maria Sharapova feels Li Na should have no regrets although her retirement is a big loss to international tennis.

updated: September 21, 2014 14:34 IST
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An emotional Li Na speaks to members of the press in Beijing.

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Wuhan: Maria Sharapova led tributes to Li Na at China's Wuhan Open Sunday as the local hero tearfully explained her decision to retire to journalists in Beijing.

The Russian world number four said the 32-year-old tennis trailblazer had a huge impact on the sport -- particularly in her home country -- and that she should have no regrets following her decision. (I have no regrets, says Li Na | Sharapova, Serena eye glory in Li Na's bastion)

"It is obviously a very big loss for tennis in general all around the world, and specifically here in China where Li Na has been so influential for so many years," Sharapova told reporters.

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