A pro since 1999, Li Na broke into the WTA top 50 for the first time in 2005. In 2010, she ascended to the top 10 after winning several high-profile matches against all-time greats including Venus Williams, Carolina Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova.
In 2011, Li Na experienced her first major breakthrough with a remarkable win at the French Open. By doing so Li Na made history and her popularity throughout China soared. She became the first Chinese national, male or female, ever to win a tennis Grand Slam title in singles, ensuring her place in the sport's history. January 2014, Li Na defied expectations again with another Grand Slam win at the Australian Open. She is the first Asian Australian Open champion and fourth woman to win the title after being match point down.
Her feats have sparked a major growth in the total population of tennis players in Asia, earning her the reputation as the region's tennis pioneer and trailblazer.