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Li Na: What she said, really meant and definitely did not

Li Na and Ioana Raluca Olaru at the 2009 US Open

Li Na Is From Venus

What she said:

"Women cannot have the same mentality of men, who expect to win every competition."

Li Na is inventive with her excuse for not doing well post her Roland Garros triumph this year. The Chinese woman became the first Asian ever to win a Grand Slam at the French Open.

What she really meant:

“Sports requires us (women) to be takers. But we’re givers (by nature)—just ask my hubby and my opponents.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Serena Williams are more than pleased with this explanation.”

Martina Navratilova: What she said, really meant and definitely did not

Martina Navrátilová 

What she said:

“It’s the way the game is played now. The two hander will rule, no doubt in my mind. Unfortunately, it’s a beautiful thing that’s kind of passe.”

Martina Navratilova agrees that as the game progresses it becomes harder and harder for a player with a single-handed backhand to triumph against two-handed backhand players.

What she really meant:

“A single-handed backhand player? Soon to be extinct—a museum for him or her, perhaps?”

What she definitely didn’t:

“Federer still rules.”

Capping It All!

Jennifer Capriati at the Wimbledon tournament,...

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If you were a newbie following women’s tennis when Jennifer Capriati won the Australian & French Opens in 2001 and followed it up with the Australian Open again the following year, you would not have been surprised to see her at the pinnacle of women’s tennis, holding the No. 1 ranking.

But as avid followers of the game can testify, there is a very interesting and heart-warming story behind Capriati’s success.

Capriati was a prodigy—a teen prodigy no less—and made her professional debut on March 5, 1990,  three weeks before her 14th birthday.

Success was quick to follow!

She reached the final of her debut tournament at Boca Raton, Florida, losing to Gabriela Sabatini in the final.

She reached the finals of her next tournament as well, losing to none other than, in her own words "the lege", Martina Navratilova.

Quote of the day:
Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student. – George Iles

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