Li & Peng Officially Make History
Published February 17, 2014 12:11
Regardless of her results at the Qatar Total Open last week, Li was set to rise from No.3 to No.2 on this week's rankings, raising the bar on her own record for highest-ranked Asian player, male or female, in tennis history. The previous Asian record was No.4 for Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan.
Peng rose to No.1 in doubles, becoming China's first No.1, male or female, in singles or doubles.
"I'd like to congratulate Li Na and Peng Shuai on their achievements and rise up the WTA Rankings to respective career-highs," Stacey Allaster, the Chairman & CEO of the WTA, said of the news. "As they have done throughout their careers, both players continue to set new milestones for Chinese tennis. Their accomplishments are truly inspirational and the WTA is fortunate to have such ambassadors representing the sport around the world. I'm also thrilled that with a record number of WTA events to be held in Asia-Pacific in 2014, culminating in the WTA Championships in Singapore, Asian fans will have a unique opportunity to see their heroines in action in the months and years ahead."
"To be No.1 was a goal of mine this year. Su-Wei and I were very close at the end of last year. It is something I have worked very hard for," Peng commented. "With Li Na going to No.2 in singles, and Hsieh Su-Wei taking the No.2 doubles ranking, this is a big breakthrough for Asian tennis. We are looking forward to the rest of the year and hopefully the WTA Championships in Singapore."
"To go to No.2 in the world is definitely a proud accomplishment for me and my team," Li said. "We have worked very hard and look to improve every week. It is an exciting time for tennis in China.
"I'm confident that younger players will do better than what we've achieved."