Li Na's Autobiography & Book Tour In China
Published September 25, 2012 12:00
BEIJING, China - From successes to struggles and beginning up to now, Li Na talks about it all in her Chinese language autobiography, Duzi Shang Chang (which translates to "Playing Myself") - and after the book's release in the summer, Asia's first ever Grand Slam champion has been going on the road in China the last few weeks, meeting and signing autographs for her many fans.
Li was a major threat on the WTA for years but it was at the French Open in 2011 when she won her first major, becoming the first player from Asia to win a Grand Slam title. But her path to superstardom wasn't at all easy.
In the book, Li opens up about several struggles and successes, including growing up inside - and out of - the controversial state tennis system in China; the passing of her father and the often troubled relationship with her mother; meeting her future husband and coach Jiang Shan; retiring from professional tennis and going to college; coming back to professional tennis; the long road up the ladder of women's tennis; and playing with the pressure of a nation.
"Playing Myself", published by Penguin Books and co-published by CITIC Press, has already established itself as a bestselling title in China, and Li has been making stops in Beijing and her hometown of Wuhan for book signings - for a recent autograph session in central Beijing, Li signed more than 2000 copies of the book for her loyal fans who began lining up at 2am.
"I hope my story can inspire people of all ages and I am very pleased to be working with Penguin on the book," the Chinese megastar commented.
Click on the book cover below to check out some photos from Li's book tour, and below that a video of one of Li's many autograph sessions.